Enhancing The Wonder Of Your Words
Refining And Polishing Every Syllable
Get help developing your book, nailing your narrative, and ensuring perfect structure and flow from a professional wordsmith.
When you’ve done the hard work and got a completed manuscript in your hand it’s an incredibly and terrifying experience that can only be beaten by holding your complete, published manuscript. Writing a book is the most daunting prospect imaginable, so kudos to you for getting this far, but brace yourself for an ugly truth: editing is just as hard.
In fact, it can frequently be harder.
My professional editing services are here to usher you from that raw first draft to the final, perfected product. A fresh pair of eyes is essential to drawing out the best in your book, with developmental editing editing available to help you with your concept before you ever pen that first draft, and line-by-line or copy-editing to smooth out your prose and ensure every line is polished to perfection.
- Structure Enhancement
- Clarifying Tone
- Creating Total Clarity For Your Readers
- Developing Themes & Content
- Sharpening Your Focus
- An Objective Challenge To Your View
- Relieving Some Of The Creative Burden
- Creative Content Check
- Writing Style Assessment
- Language Use Assessment
- Perfecting Every Sentence/Paragraph
- Smoothing Out The Flow
- Micro Management
- Technical Content Check
- Fact Checking
- Macro Management
- Advance Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation & Syntax Check
Melanie Nolan, Elegant Twist
"It's been wonderful to work with Hazel. She's extremely talented. She's giving me loads of valuabe advise on my books. She's flexible, reliable, patient with requests and quick to respond with quality advice."
Heather Craig, Interior Designer
"Thank you, lovely Hazel, for the amazing job you did on my book! I was sooooo fed up looking at it (never mind wasting hours and days). Your highly professional handling of it and adjusting little things made such a difference."
Kylie Fieldhouse, KFH Accounting
"Hazel is amazing, so patient, knows the answers to all those questions you have and really guides you through the process, boosting you when you need it. I learnt so much from working with Hazel when writing my book and she made the process really smooth."
Sally Tierney, Yorkshire Garden Designer
"The book launch went really well. I'd like to thank you for the great job you did in making sure that the book read well and that the right message came across."
Janet Hill, Founder & Editor at MeMeMe
"Hazel is efficient and reliable. She's organised, thorough, and dependable when it comes to deadlines. She delivers high-quality content quickly, has great ideas, and understands what I want. She is a great help in moving my business forward, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her."
If you feel your book is lacking in focus, developmental editing will help you find the best path for your audience, business, and the marketability of your book. The process will smooth out your tone so that it is consistent throughout, clarify every detail so your meaning is completely clear to your audience, and ensure you have a strong structure with great flow throughout.
It’s An Immersive Process…
And you won’t like it! I’ve been through this process myself often enough to know there will be a point you get really pissed off with your editor’s suggestions, not because they’re wrong, but because constructive criticism is still criticism, and we all have a limit. Writing is a very personal endavour and it can feel like your editor is criticising you, personally, when they say a chapter needs work, question why something has been included at all, or tell you there’s something missing that you really don’t want to add in.
When you signup for developmental editing you’re not handing your book over to your mum, your best mate, or a yes-woman who will gush over how awesome it is.
You’re entrusting your book baby to someone who shares your goal of creating the best possible finished manuscript and a high-value asset for your business.
If you want someone to smooth out the rough edges and make sure your book isn’t full of mistakes, go for a line-by-line or copyedit and a solid proofread.
But if you want to make damn sure the book you unleash on the world is a game-changer that exceeds even your own expectations, and you feel it will benefit from another expert stepping in to share the creative burned, developmental editing is the perfect solution.
Line By Line Editing
A line edit will perfect the flow of your book, ensuring it’s seamless from start to finish, with totally fluid thoughts and ideas laid out in a clear, concise, and consistent way. Every sentence will be smoothed out, ever word checked to make sure it’s the best possible choice.
Creative Content Check
The process will smooth out your whole book from start to finish, ensuring it’s easy to follow, accurate and free from inconsistencies and errors, and fit for your intended purpose and audience. Copyediting will also check for anything that has been omitted, which needs adding, repetition and anomalies, and thoroughly check your spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax for any potentially embarrassing mistakes, or misused words. It will also highly any potential legal issues such as libel or plagiarism.
Technical Content Check
Advanced Spell Check
Some Of The Books I’ve Worked On…
The Busy Mum's Guide To Small Business Financial Records
The Garden Equation
Budgeting Your Wedding
Gender Identity And Sexuality In Current Fantasy And Science Fiction
Brave New Girls
Brave New Girls
All The Night-Tide
Out Of The Dark
Willow, Weep No More
Why Work With Me?
Hazel Butler is a best selling urban fantasy author and creator of The Divine Blogging Design, an innovative content marketing strategy specifically designed for creative entrepreneurs. As a freelance writer, editor and proofreader, Hazel has been helping entrepreneurs and fellow authors publish their own brand of brilliance since 2013. Her own published works include Divine Blogging, a guide to her signature content marketing method, several papers published in international academic journals, a novel, two novellas, and several short stories.
When not chained to a keyboard or buried beneath a mountain of books, Hazel wanders the wilderness with her faithful King Charles Cavalier, indulges her inner Geek, and attempts to play the piano.
In a former life she was an archaeologist and lecturer at Bangor University.