Hello, I'm the editor at Guts Publishing. I'm also a freelance book editor. I work with writers, publishers, and literary agents. I offer copyediting, line editing, and developmental editing. I also offer a free intro meeting so you can ask questions beforehand. Please get in touch to book this.
Over the past five years, I've worked with many debut writers which often means developmental editing as well as line editing. I tend to make a lot of comments so the writer knows why I'm doing what I'm doing which, I've been told, has helped to improve their writing skills.
I’m a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. My favourite genres are memoir, literary fiction, and experimental work. I also consider poetry.
My aim is to help you transform your manuscript so you're really proud of your book and ready to share your story with the world.
Copyediting & Line Editing
What I do is a combination of copyediting and line editing. Here’s a brief explanation. Copyediting addresses errors on a technical level — typos, spelling, grammar, etc. Line editing focuses on flow, creative content, style, and how language is used. My aim is to make your writing clear and fluid and free of technical errors. I address word choices, generalisations and clichés. I point out weak areas and make suggestions for how to improve it. I always aim to be kind and constructive.
"Julianne pinpointed a key weakness in my manuscript, yet edited my work with a light touch, always considerate of the fact that it was my story. I have no hesitation in recommending Julianne at Guts Publishing."
— Ann Rawson, author of A Savage Art and The Witch House
Structural / Developmental Editing
I approach a developmental edit in the same way I approach a book I am preparing to publish. I assess what’s working and what isn’t in the larger picture. I take a look at the plot and how time works. Is it linear and chronological? Or is it layered with time shifts? Is it action-based or does it focus on internal dialogue and an emotional journey? Is there enough tension and drama to keep the reader engaged? I take a look at pacing and find ways to improve it. I take a look at your characters and make sure they are believable. I recommend a structural edit to anyone who feels ready to make changes.
I use Microsoft Word Track Changes for editing. I work in both US and UK English.
Every project requires a different level of editing. Prices depend on the length and complexity of the manuscript, and how long the edit will take. I ask to see a chapter or two before providing a quote. If you'd like to get an idea of my prices, they are based on CIEP’s suggested minimum rates and the Editorial Freelancers Association’s rate chart. If we decide to work together, I request a 50% down payment and the remainder is paid when the project is complete.
My name is Julianne Ingles and I'm also the director at Guts Publishing. We've had lots of success with our books and I'm very proud of the books we've published. I truly love what I do. For a quote, or to book the free intro meeting, please send an email. Let me know your genre and word count, and if you have a synopsis send that along too.
"Julianne Ingles is a meticulous and careful reader and editor who has enormous sensitivity to a writer’s work. Julianne doesn’t impose her own aesthetic but carefully and thoughtfully responds to the text, offering feedback that is encouraging, helpful and rigorous." — Gayelene Carbis, award-winning poet and prose writer from Melbourne