Hello, I'm the editor at Guts Publishing. I also work as a freelance book editor for writers, publishers and literary agents. I offer copyediting, line editing, and structural / developmental editing.
Over the past five years, I've worked with many debut writers which often means structural editing as well as copyediting and line editing. I also work as a Publishing Coach and edit client manuscripts before they submit to agents and publishers. 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 genre is memoir. I'm also happy to edit literary fiction, genre fiction and poetry.
My aim is to make your story the best it can be.
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, factual accuracy/consistency, etc. Line editing focuses on flow, creative content, writing 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 also point out weak areas of writing 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 structural 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 structure and see how time works. Is it linear and chronological? Or is it layered with time shifts? I take a look at the plot. 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 tend to do some line editing but the focus is on the larger issues. One thing I always try to do is make sure you nail your opening chapter. I recommend a structural edit to anyone who feels ready to make changes to their manuscript.
I use Microsoft Word Track Changes for editing. I work in both US and UK English. I also edit short stories and essays.
Every project requires a different level of editing. For that reason, it’s difficult to put a price on editing without knowing more about the project. Prices depend on the length and complexity, and how long the edit will take. I ask to see a few sample chapters 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, please send an email with your sample chapters, genre, and word count. 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