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Melanie Saxton | Book editing and ghostwriting
About this pro
20 years in business
9 hires on Thumbtack
As someone who has never tried to have anything I've written professionally edited, with the hopes of publishing, the steps after writing were confusing, intimidating, and somewhat daunting. After speaking with Melanie at great length about what I was looking for, I knew I had found the person I wanted to work with. She's made the entire process more pleasant than I had imagined, works hard, offers great advice, and genuinely seems to have the best interest of the project at heart. Couldn't have made a better choice.Jan 10, 2018VerifiedMelanie S.'s reply
Thank you! I've greatly enjoyed editing your novel!
I cannot express my gratitude and love that I have for Melanie! She has gone over and beyond my expectations and I appreciate it more than words can say! I highly recommend Melanie to anyone that needs a book edited!!! Thank you for all you do!!! YvonneDec 31, 2017VerifiedMelanie S.'s reply
Thank you! It has been an honor to edit your manuscript!
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I offer professional services and industry standard pricing. Every project is unique, and I often ask for details to ensure I understand the full scope. I'm usually able to tell what level of editing is needed after seeing the first three chapters.This allows me to accurately quote each project. I discount nonprofits 10%.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I gladly consult by phone, email and Skype. Authors usually send manuscripts for proofreading, line editing, developmental editing, substantive editing, or research editing. I work through each chapter and send it to the author for approval. While awaiting feedback, I work on the next chapter. This ensures the book is precisely what the author envisions and is efficiently edited or ghostwritten.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have an English degree from the University of Houston and am working on a later-in-life master's degree in digital media. I am contributing editor for five Houston-area magazines (10 years) and received the Excellence in Cancer Journalism from the American Cancer Society in 2009. In August 2017 I was recognized as #6 in a Top 15 Texas book editor ranking. As a book editor, I have assisted many dozens of author clients who have listed their books on Amazon. I also work with a boutique book publishing firm and assist authors throughout their book publishing journeys, including marketing and social media. I am a former certified English teacher and also a former paralegal. To sum up, I work fulltime in the world of words and enjoy my calling.