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A better manuscript—a better writer

My aim in all the editing I do is to give you a stronger manuscript and make you a better writer. I’ve always seen editing as a way to help writers learn their craft, and I love watching a client catch on and start writing at a deeper level. That’s why I co-authored Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. It’s why I founded my own editing business in 1994. And why I’ve proudly framed my website with a shelf of my clients’ books.

Dave King

Editing designed for you

Since no two writers learn in the same way, all the editing I do is custom work. It could include anything — an extensive memo, an on- line tutorial, or a coaching line-edit. The process, though, always starts with the diagnos- tic reading report. Before I can edit, I need to immerse myself in your story and characters, and we need to agree on where you’d like to see your manuscript go. Most clients do receive a coaching line-edit at some point, since it is such a powerful teaching tool.

On coaching editing:
Dave’s method of editing is, at least as far as I’m aware, unique. The editing is done in fifty page batches with you using his editing of the last batch to re-edit the next, always working fifty pages ahead. I learned more from this than I could have guessed…
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After editing

When your manuscript is as strong as we can make it, I can help develop the tools you need to convince an agent — a query letter and synopsis. And I won’t forget you when the work is done. I like to stay in touch, following your progress and offering encouragement if you need it.

Good Writing, Dave King