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Christine Gordon Manley, MA, BA (Honours)
Manley Mann Media
Once upon a time, there was a person who never made a single mistake. Sound familiar? No. Because it NEVER happened. If you’re human, you aren’t perfect. And if you’re not perfect, you make mistakes.
The English language is almost impossible to learn (ask anyone who has learned English as a second language), and it’s very difficult to catch onto all of the nuances of the English language even when you write full time.
If you’re an author, you’re aware of the need for an editor. And your main concern is that the person you hire to edit your work will keep your voice in tact while catching those typos and grammatical snafus. It would be nice if you could also count on that editor to make suggestions about how rearranging certain chapters and sections could make your story better. And it would be even better if that editor could identify gaps in the story line, making your words even more powerful than they were when said editor first got their hands on it.
I will treat your manuscript with the love it deserves. And I won’t give it back until I've gone through each and every word and made sure that they all belong. I won’t give you your manuscript back until it’s up to my very high standards.
But my editing services aren’t just for manuscripts.
Your average business pumps out a lot of words. Website copy. Ads. Blog posts/articles. Press releases. Annual reports. Social media posts. Brochures. Ebooks…(and so on and so forth).
And while you likely have a person or two on staff who can ensure everything is spelled correctly and no glaring punctuation errors have snuck in, it’s not the same as running all your words by a professional editor. Someone who can help ensure your messaging is not only on brand, but it is clear. Someone who can read for clarity (especially important with copy where you may be paying for every word you type). Someone who can read for inclusiveness. Someone who can basically get inside your head, figure out what it is you want to say, and convey that message clearly and accurately.
I will give your business a clear, intelligent, and consistent voice:
- I can create a style guide for your organization to ensure consistent communication across copy
- I can read your blog posts and articles for both clarity and grammar
- I can help organize your annual report according to industry standards
- I can review all forms of casual communication (e.g., emails, social media posts)
Not sure if you are supposed to be capitalizing Vice-President? Run it by me. Wondering whether to use Canadian or American spelling? Ask me. Can’t remember if you used abbreviations for provinces/states in previous copy and want consistency across the brand? I keep a record of every choice you make (so I'll know).
I can also help graduate students
I know how dauting it is to complete a graduate-level thesis or dissertation (I relied on many coping strategies to complete my own!). Whether you need a final proofread, some help ensuring APA consistency, or reference crosschecking, I'm up for the task. Please note: I do adhere by Editors Canada Guidelines for Ethical Editing of Student Texts. I have experience working with both Master-level students and those completing a PhD.
Academic papers | Resumes and cover letters | Email messages | Ebooks | Website pages | Press releases | Newsletters | Blog posts | Technical documents (though that’s not my favourite—truth time!) | Annual reports | Advertising copy | Business plans
If it’s been written and you want a second pair of (eagle) eyes to give it a once (or thrice) over, call me for more information about my editing services.
I've been a freelance editor for almost 15 years, and I've been blessed to work in all kinds of industries and genres. I've edited science fiction manuscripts, memoirs, cookbooks, children's literature, middle-grade fiction, young adult, pieces on health and wellness, journal articles, manuscripts for self-published authors, blogs about yoga, copy for insurance agencies, websites/blogs for travel agencies and tourism desitinations, emails for animal training, educational resources for pre-K, K, and grades 1–3, reports on mental health ... you name it, my eyes have likely seen it.
Currently, I co-own writing–editing business Manley Mann Media (http://manleymannmedia.com/).
I'm also an author (with Breakwater Books), so I understand all of the emotions involved when pouring your soul onto the page (I've likely experienced them). If you're looking for a supportive coach to guide you through the editing process, I can offer you that role.
To be completely blunt, I despise the editing phase. The back and forth process of revising a novel is absolutely miserable for me, and I find myself hating the hundreds of little comments within the manuscript that equates to hours of additional work. Of course, when the story comes together and I see how much better it is for those torturous rewrites, I end up singing my editor’s praises and know that all that extra work was completely worth it.
I have received glowing feedback for my Legend of Rhyme series: Elora of Stone, Into Coraira, Teagan of Tomorrow, and Second Twin. I worked with Christine on all four novels, and to date, most reviews mention how seamlessly the stories flow. I can say with complete confidence that this would not be the case without Christine.
Before working with her, my experience with editors was simply to have my grammar tidied up. Never in my wildest dreams did I think an editor would actually play such a key role in writing a novel.
Writing a series is more challenging than I ever thought it would be, and without my right hand “Manley,” I would probably spend a great deal of valuable time crying over my manuscripts and ripping out my hair. Christine pushes me to fill in story gaps, to add more meat where readers will want it, to change the perspective a chapter is being told from, to add more internal dialogue, to start and end chapters with action, and even though I’ve been writing professionally for almost ten years, she never fails to call me out on the dreaded “show don’t tell.”
That said, she delivers her suggestions and structural comments with great kindness, and always leaves it up to me to make the changes she thinks should be made. Though in the end, she is always right. —Jaime Lee Mann, Legend of Rhyme Series
Excellent work from this team! Superior content, excellent 'customer service' and they just 'get it.' ~Leona Conrick, PEI Military Family Resource Centre
The quality of Christine’s editing work is, ironically, beyond words. Accommodating of our cruel timeline, Christine pushed our manuscript (as well as the authors) to the next level. Logical and creative, with a brilliant mind for grammar and story, her colossal effort extended beyond a simple rearranging of words. From story structure to character development, Christine was genuinely invested in the project. Extremely pleasant and easy to work with, we look forward to continue working with her, not only on the next book, but also any other future literary endeavors. —Vince Seim & Chance Clark, H3 Studio Inc
I was looking for a copy editor to help develop my manuscript and Christine was highly recommended to me. With her superb editing insight, knowledge, and skills, Christine was able to help me move my manuscript to a higher level. I now have a well developed and constructed manuscript that has since been published. I am very pleased with the final outcome. I would recommend Christine highly to any writer or author in need of editing services.—Susan Doiron, Author
When I initially decided to put these writings together from over the years, it felt like a daunting task. I truly didn't know if I was up for the revision process for I knew it needed a lot of work. Once again, Christine's suggestions are amazing. Any section that I was questioning, she identified. I can truly say that I am actually enjoying the revision process. I owe that to her. —A.Smith, Author (Memoir; TBP Spring 2017)
- Consulting and manuscript evaluation
- Copy editing
- Developmental or project editing
- On-screen editing
- Online editing
- Research and fact-checking
- Structural and substantive editing
- Web adaptation
- Academic books and monographs
- Academic materials, general
- Academic papers and essays
- Advertising and marketing materials
- Books, children's and young adult
- Books, general
- Books, self-help
- Books, self-published
- Business materials, general
- E-materials, general
- Educational materials, general
- Government materials, general
- In-house publications
- Manuals and how-to books
- Reference materials, general
- Reports, annual
- Reports, other
- Résumés and CVs
- Style guides
- Tests and assessment materials
- Theses and dissertations
- Trade non-fiction
- Construction and real estate
- Ecology and environment
- Food and drink
- Gender studies
- Grammar and linguistics
- Health and medicine, general
- Health care
- Humanities, general
- Leisure, general
- Psychology and mental health
- Religion and spirituality
- Society, general
- Travel and tourism