I help you express yourself and share your story with the world.
I strengthen your voice, support your vision and can assist you all the way to publication.
“The beauty of Tahlia’s work is that she doesn’t just correct mistakes, she doesn’t just reshape phrases and paragraphs, she chisels the rough edges to bring out a clearer, better version of the text without taking anything away from it. While going over her corrections and notes, I realized that she got very involved in the book to the point where she understood not only the text, but my style, my voice, and her editing was always in tune with that.
She’s experienced enough to take a seasoned approach to the page, but, unlike so many experienced people she’s not jaded. She’s enthusiastic and involved, and that’s exactly what you want when someone is taking a knife to your work. The fact that she works fast (and I mean impressively fast) doesn’t detract from her attention to details, nor does it mean she won’t take time to make notes wherever she thinks it will help you in the future. That’s another big bonus, she doesn’t simply correct, or streamline, she explains why. I recommend her to anyone who is serious about their work, because she is serious about hers.” Dorian Zari.
What is unique about me as an editor?
I truly care about you and your story. I tune into and help you strengthen your voice and, as much as possible, teach you to be a better author. I see how to improve your book, then I explain the steps you need to take in order to make it the best it can be. My role is to help you bring your vision to life.
“Not only was Tahlia spot on with her editorial suggestions, she took the time to explain and even provide additional reference material. I learned more from her during the process than if I had taken a writing class. She was very responsive and helpful when I had questions, and consistently met deadlines.”David Homick
I do more than just check grammar and punctuation, I make sure that your plot, pacing, characters, dialogue, world-building and so on are strong, and I’m particularly good at making your prose shine.
My specialities are fiction and memoirs. I particularly enjoy editing metaphysical fiction or books with a spiritual aspect, and I love the challenge of turning memoirs into publishable works. I can even ghostwrite your memoir for you such that your friends will think that you wrote it.
I’ve also tried both the traditional and self-publishing routes to publication, and I know the pitfalls and benefits of both. With me you don’t just get an editor, you get the benefit of my experience in all aspects of publishing.
“Tahlia is a well-thought-out editor. Nothing seems to escape her critical eye, and I assure you, you want her kind of eye gleaning your work. During the editing process Tahlia was a friend with friendly advice. Then just as quickly she was my teacher teaching me lessons of English and the art of creative writing. She never held back, and she expected better – demanded it! She made me “kill my babies” so my story would shine better. Because of her I promise I will never “Head-Hop”, “Tell” my story nor “Tag” an obvious conversation ever again – Never! She has ruined my [bad] writing habits, and I will always be haunted by her bar of excellence. Thank you Tahlia.” Guy Brooks.
My editing process
I work collaboratively with you 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.
Three or four steps is all it takes to provide a full service and bring your book to publishing standard.
Step 1 – Manuscript appraisal
A manuscript appraisal gives structural/conceptual/developmental editing suggestions on the big elements of your story such as plot, pacing, characters, world-building, dialogue, descriptions, and so on. Appraisals include a free sample edit and quote for editing if the book is ready for the next stage.
This is where I answer these big questions:
- Is my story interesting enough to share?
- How do I make it better?
- Is it worth putting money into?
- What do I need to do to bring it up to a publishable standard?
After that you go away and work on the manuscript some more, then return it to me for the next step.
“Being a first time author with no experience, I submitted my mess of a story to Tahlia. She was honest and responded that I was no where close to a book and what I had was only an outline. She told me to go back to work, one chapter at a time and fill in the details to finish the story. It was a long process, but ultimately a success that would never have happened without her recommendations and final editing. I am extremely happy with her work and recommend her 100%.” Kirk Sowers, author of Love & Death on the Hippie trail.
Only $0.0016 USD per word for reading plus a $60 Admin Fee. $60 is paid when I start, and the rest is paid when I send you the appraisal. If your book has no or very few issues for me to comment on, I will deduct the per word fee from the line/copy editing cost.
If the first few chapters indicate major consistent issues, I will give a partial appraisal outlining these issues and complete the appraisal after you’ve done another draft in which you work on those issues. In this instance, you will pay only the Admin Fee and the per word fee for as much as I have read, and you’ll pay the remainder when I complete the read through after you’ve worked on the book again.
It’s best if you’ve done a couple of drafts before bringing your book to me for appraisal.
“I sent the manuscript of my first book to Tahlia. I received a prompt reply with an appraisal and the manuscript with salient points indicated as comments. Everything that Tahlia said was valid, and helped me enormously. An awesome service and I feel so fortunate that Tahlia was personally recommended to me.” Lyn Behan
If you’ve already had a professional appraisal or quality feedback from several other authors such that you are confident that the big elements are all as good as you can make them, you can start at Step 2, but if I find major issues that were missed at the developmental stage and are beyond the scope of a line edit, I will contact you and suggest we pause the line edit and do an appraisal.
Step 2 – Line and copy editing
The line edit is a very important aspect of editing as it deals with the actual writing. A line edit polishes the prose, making sure that it is as engaging as possible, and checks that each paragraph and sentence expresses your ideas clearly and succinctly. At this stage I do things like check and improve sentence and paragraph structure, make sure the words used evoke the intended reader response and deepen characterisation, balance story elements like description and backstory, make character motivations and point of view changes clear, and turn telling into showing where needed. I’ll cut unnecessary words, remove needless repetition, and flag any remaining issues with scene structure or dramatic tension.
A copy edit checks spelling, grammar and punctuation. Some books (for example, those by experienced authors or authors I’ve worked with before) can have their line editing done at the same time as the copy edit. Books requiring a lot of line editing, however, will need a separate pass for copy editing after the line editing has been checked by the author. I’ll let you know whether your book needs a separate pass for copy editing when I give you a quote and free sample edit.
“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 & Death.
From USD $0.006 for a copy edit with minimal line editing to around USD $0.03 per word for an extensive line edit and a separate pass for copy editing. My usual price for a combined line and copy edit is around USD $0.015 or $0.02 per word. Contact me for a free sample edit and quote.
“Tahlia helped me with a pre-publish rewrite of my novel ‘Spiderworld’. The result took some batting back and forth until we could both agree that my novel had found a balance. Tahlia was firm against my resistance to change, a vital quality for an editor. This was paralleled with a deep respect for my vision. In the end, we found a compromise that made for a far better book than the one I first presented. The plot, the idea, my personal painting was unchanged, but the story’s final balance was so much an improvement.”
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Step 3 – Proofreading
A proofread catches anything the editor might have missed. If you’re submitting to a publisher, you won’t need this, but if you’re self-publishing, you will. If I’ve line and copy edited edited your book, I’ll send your manuscript to a colleague for the proofreading stage so you have the advantage of a different set of eyes. He proofreads my clients for $0.005 per word.
Have a story or memoir you want to tell but have no confidence in your writing ability? I can write it for you, but with your name as the author. Ask about my ghost writing services. Prices start at USD$5000 if you have written a draft of the story and it requires no further research. Contact me using the form below to discuss your project.
“Newland shows she is a master at the English language.” Katie French, Underground Book Reviews.
I’m the primary editor for AIA Publishing—my selective author-funded publishing company. If I really like your book and think it’s top quality I might offer to publish it for you. Let me know when you contact me for editing (use the form below) if you’re interested in publishing with AIA Publishing.
“Tahlia has been a genuine pioneer of an open press, of the drive towards quality publishing outside of the publishing temples, those traditional near-closed, often incesterous, bastions. She has a great grasp of the nuts and bolts as well as the art, the ‘spirituality’ of writing wonderful prose. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. So if in doubt about her ability, then feast on both her original works and the books of others she has so much improved.” Richard Bunnings.
I’ve been editing full time since early 2013. Prior to that I spent five years of full time diverse writing study (courses, workshops, mentoring by top Australian editors, and reading widely). I have a Copy Editing and Proofreading Certificate from AOC (Australia), have written and published 10 books, am a trained school teacher and was one of the primary reviewers for the Awesome Indies for three years. I worked as an editor for S&H Publishing, Manor Minor Press and agent Caroline Oliviera.
I am multilingual in that I can edit to both UK and US conventions.
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