Roberta AlexanderIt's no mystery...

I always pay attention to grammar and syntax when I edit, but I’m even more concerned with bigger questions: Does the story work? Is it entertaining? Does the plot hold together, with no cheating? Are the characters believable?

I read every manuscript with the eye of a professional editor as well as the appreciation of a fan who loves mysteries.

I work from a clean double-spaced print copy of your manuscript, which allows me to annotate as I go along. The fee is based on the length of the manuscript: $12 per 1,000 words, plus a self-addressed stamped envelope so I can return everything to you. Half is payable at the beginning, and the rest when the job is complete.

I may have questions about things that don’t seem clear.  Sometimes I find things that need further explanation, or others that I think slow the story down. When I return the annotated manuscript to you, I include a report of my general comments and suggestions.

You get to decide if my suggestions are helpful. In the end, it is your story and your manuscript.

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My Background

I’ve been a reporter, a columnist and an editor. I’m the sort who hears an ad on the radio that mentions “It was fun for Ed and I,” and mutters, “and me, you nitwit.”

I cringe when I see typos in print, particularly since I know publishers have substituted a spell-checker for a living, breathing copy editor, and the machine doesn’t know the difference between heal and heel, here and hear.

I’m a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and the California Writers Club. I’ve written for local and national publications, helped people produce clean copies of their life story and taught writing classes. I’ve provided training for other editors, proofed English-as-a-second-language texts and written promotional material for select nonprofit organizations.

Let’s see if I can help you too.