“Tahlia Newland’s editing services are excellent. Her advice is smart, decisive, and no-nonsense—hallmarks of a seasoned professional, certainly. She identified the weaker areas in my prose and suggested simple but important fixes to turn a pretty good novel into a great one. I have worked with other fine editors in the past, but Tahlia’s line-editing service was the best investment to date. I will definitely seek her wisdom again.” —Bonnie McKernan, author of Cliff of the Ruin.
Let me help you make your book better
I am the primary editor for AIA Editing services.
My goal is to help you make your fiction the best it can be. I work collaboratively with my clients to ensure that your work is not only technically correct but also retains your individual voice and says what you want to say in the best possible way. Whether you are preparing for self-publishing or manuscript submission, I never forget that it is your story.
To provide a full service and bring your book to top publishing standard, I give structural/conceptual editing suggestions in a manuscript appraisal, then I do a line and copy edit, and finally I send the book to a proofreading colleague so you have the advantage of a different set of eyes for the proofread. If you’re not sure if I’m the right editor for you, book a manuscript appraisal, they’re ridiculously cheap and of great help, even if you don’t work with me further. I also include a free sample edit with the appraisal.
What is unique about me as an editor?
I don’t just check grammar and punctuation, I make your book better in all areas. I’m particularly good at making your prose shine, and I don’t just edit your book, I teach you to be a better writer. I’m one of the rare people who can see what your book needs to take it up a level, and I’m able to tune into your intentions and help you achieve your aims. I’m also highly ethical and pretty hard to annoy. You can be sure I won’t rip you off (I’m more likely to rip myself off) and I’ll do whatever I can to help you.
“Not only does Tahlia identify the weakness in my writing (while all the time giving me great support for the overall project), but she actually works to teach me how to remedy the issue for future works. Submitting my novels to Tahlia has been the single best choice I’ve made for online writing services in my career. I cannot possibly recommend her highly enough.” Welcome Cole.
My qualifications are five years of full time diverse writing study (courses, workshops and mentoring by top Australian editors, and reading widely), a copy editing and proofreading certificate, the hundreds of book reviews I’ve completed, my experience as a high school teacher, the quality of my published books and my experience as one of the primary reviewers for the Awesome Indies.
I have been editing full time since 2012. All the books I’ve edited have received the Awesome Indies badge of Approval, two received an Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence, one was shortlisted for a major award and another scored an agent who got a publishing deal for him. The publisher said that no further editing of the book was required – nice for the publisher!
“Tahlia’s line editing was impressive in detail, scope and clarity. The manuscript I sent in came back profoundly better. No questions for me – all my editing will got to Tahlia!” J.M. Erickson, author of Intelligent Design: Revelations & other books.
“I initially contacted Tahlia and asked her to appraise my novel. She did a fantastic job for a modest charge. I then asked her to edit the book, and that turned out to be a more than satisfying experience. Tahlia was a pleasure to work with. She seemed to be brutally honest when need be, and she helped me see what I’d written in a different light. I think she improved my work greatly.
I would work with her again and happily recommend her to others.” J. R Archer, author of A Dog’s View of Love Life & Deat,h
I’ve been teaching in one form or another for most of my life, and my editing services always include a certain amount of author education because I just can’t help myself, that makes me a great mentor. With my qualifications as an editor, author and publisher, I can take you from the planning stage up to publication and beyond. If you need someone to hold your hand, guide you and inspire you, you may have found her – after all, why else are you reading this page!
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