Welcome to Editorial Alchemy. Alchemy is the mysterious process whereby a material in a raw, rough, or less-than-perfect state is gradually refined until it reaches its purest, highest condition—gold. Editorial Alchemy works the same way. I will help you refine your manuscript step by step until your true intention shines forth clearly.
Why Editorial Alchemy?
- Editorial Alchemy is a full time book-editing business. I concentrate solely on preparing your work for acceptance in the marketplace.
- I know what you are going through! I have published 15 books for adults and children, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as hundreds of periodical articles on countless subjects. As a book editor, I have worked with over 150 authors.
- I have enjoyed over 25 years of experience in many aspects of the publishing field, as a writer, book editor, series developer, picture editor, website producer, ghostwriter, writing tutor, marketer, workshop teacher/speaker, ad agency owner, and “literary midwife.”
- I promise to respect your individual voice, personal integrity, and intention, and to focus on showcasing your gifts and talent.
In today’s fiercely competitive marketplace, your project must sparkle brightly to attract commercial attention. Busy agents and acquisition editors routinely reject manuscripts that are unprofessionally formatted, contain basic errors, or that fail to “grab” them in the first few pages.
My goal is to guide your book project to its fullest potential—clarify muddy ideas, enliven flat characters, heighten suspense and emotional impact, rectify errors in grammar or punctuation, and polish your prose until it lights up the page.
I edit fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books, and I work with writers at all levels of experience, from beginners to much-published veterans who keep coming back. My authors all tell me that, time and again, they discover as much value in the process as in the outcome.
I believe each writer and each project has a core of gold just waiting to be revealed. I hope you will allow me to help you discover yours.
Wishing you all success!
Carol Gaskin, Book Editor