Services

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I am available for writing, editing, proofreading, research and blogging assignments.

WRITING

I can write articles for business, trade and consumer magazines, newspapers, newsletters, websites, blogs, etc. I can also write press releases, Tweets, corporate backgrounders, advertorial copy, promotional material, etc.

Since the early 1990s, I have written hundreds of articles for a wide variety of media outlets including The National Post, The Globe and Mail, Open File, NOW Magazine and eye weekly.

Over the past decade, I have been a frequent contributor to Canadian Metalworking , a trade publication covering manufacturing and machine shops. In this capacity, I have written sector reports about Canada’s aerospace, transportation, medical devices, and die/mould industries. I’ve also written about job shops, industrial robots and the Internet of Things (IoT) for Metalworking.

Other trade magazines I’ve written for include Franchise Canada, Canadian Printer, Canadian Grocer, IT For Industry, etc.

I am a published author who has written over a dozen books, primarily in the true-crime genre. I have done extensive research for all my books, tracking down police reports, court documents, FBI files, television and radio broadcasts, online information and printed sources.

To find out what I’m like to work with as a writer, please visit my “Testimonials” page.

EDITING/PROOFREADING

I edit, proofread and evaluate manuscripts for writers.

By editing, I mean substantive/structural editing and copyediting. Checking your manuscript for grammar, spelling, punctuation and style errors while maintaining consistency in the names of persons, places and things. I will work with authors to ensure their manuscript flows in a coherent fashion, has a logical structure, is readable and doesn’t contain factual errors.

By proofreading, I mean looking over an already edited manuscript for mistakes, ensuring page and chapter numbers are applied correctly, etc.

A manuscript evaluation involves weighing the merits of your book, pointing out the good and the bad and offering insights on the plausibility of your plot and characters and the readability of your story. The goal, as with editing and proofreading, is to prepare a manuscript for publication.

I generally use Track Changes in Microsoft Word to perform my editing and proofreading duties, but am entirely flexible if an author prefers using an alternative system.

I can edit according to either Canadian (CP Style) or American (The Chicago Manual of Style) standards. Just let me know in advance which standard you want to follow.

My rates are reasonable and I always offer a quote on what I think the assignment will cost you.

As for my background, I have proofread editorial and advertising copy on a freelance basis for Canadian Grocer magazine and marketing firms Juniper Park, Lowe Roche Advertising and Match Drive.

I have registered as an editor on Reedsy, a website that links fledgling authors with experienced editors to produce publishable books. So far, I have edited or proofed six novels from up-and-coming writers. These books have ranged from suspenseful thrillers and military adventures to science fiction and fantasy novels. I also gained valuable editing experience working on my own books, most of which are in the crime genre.

I am comfortable working in both fiction and non-fiction.

I maintain a blog dedicated to crime writing located at http://crimestory.wordpress.com/.

To find out what I’m like to work with as an editor, please visit my “Testimonials” page.

CONTACT

If you have any questions about my editorial services or rates, please contact me at: nhendley@sympatico.ca.

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