At your publishing house, you want to work with freelancers who are as good at their jobs as your in-house editors.
I’m Antonia Morton, the book specialist. My goal is to make your life easier by doing just the same competent work you’d do yourself.
I treat your writers with the right kind of “tough love” – encouraging them with one hand, and with the other helping them to improve their books. I’m experienced at evaluating manuscripts, and giving authors a fix list of how to improve them.
If your publishing focus is non-fiction: I’m a competent generalist, with a wide knowledge of many different subjects – gained from decades of dedicated reading in various fields, plus two decades of working as a freelance journalist.
My main areas of expertise are lifestyles, the arts, and the “soft” sciences: psychology, sociology, history, literature, etc. I’ve edited material on topics as diverse as wine-making, personal finance, self-help, nursing practices, restaurant reviews, alcoholism, linguistics, media awareness, human evolution, military history, geopolitics, women’s issues, and travel. I’m a quick learner, able to tackle most subjects.
If your focus is fiction: Having spent my leisure hours immersed in books for almost half a century, I have a keen literary sensibility. And from my work with authors, I know how to suggest improvements to vital story-telling elements such as narrative voice, pacing, flow, dialogue, characterization, psychological development, motivation, plausibility, exposition, point of view, structure, story arc, writing style, imagery, consistency, word use, and so on.
I’m also adept at preparing critiques for authors, giving them the guidance they need to turn a rough draft into a page-turner.
(To learn more about my work with fiction writers, visit The Story Studio.)
My most recent book edits (early 2013) are two fiction manuscripts (one a fantasy, one a contemporary romance) by young first-time authors; a volume of personal memoirs by a retired teacher; and a self-help book by a leadership consultant. The fiction edits are still ongoing; the other two authors are in the process of self-publishing their books.
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“This was tremendously helpful, Antonia. You made some great saves, and I found your corrections and notes spot-on. It was great to work with you – thanks for catching all those picky little details!”
– Emma McKay,
“In a category of her own is Antonia Morton, who I affectionately call my personal word trainer. Antonia has read almost everything I’ve ever written professionally, buffing and polishing it before the world saw it.”
– Natalie MacLean, author of
Red, White and Drunk All Over