How can I ever express my gratitude? Michele Pollock Dalton heeded my plea when another book designer bailed out on me at the 11th hour. After one phone conversation, she took my Word document and rough depiction of a book cover and formatted them into a stunning piece of graphic and literary work.
which slight language or organizational edits can improve a work. As a writer herself, Madison brings a unique perspective to the editing process and understands the importance of maintaining an author’s voice and style while making improvements that will help the work-in-progress stand out and be its best. Through her business The Inkwell Edit, she offers various levels of edits aimed at aiding fellow writers on their journeys to publication, whether they choose to go the traditional, indie, or self-publishing route.
Within her creative pursuits, Madison’s love of fantasy and historical fiction has led her to write primarily fantasy-inspired novels, with an adult fantasy novel and a Middle Grade historical fiction novel with fantasy elements both underway. She also expresses her love of writing and reading through her literary site House of Cadmus.
Proofreading: Proofreading is the final step that ensures the quality of your work before it goes out to readers. It's a surface level edit that corrects spelling, punctuation, grammar, formatting, and word use. Proofreading sharpens your writing and ensures you're delivering the reading experience you want to bring to your audience. No project is complete without it.
Copyediting: Copyediting is a deeper look at your writing. In addition to proofread corrections, a copyedit will look at more technical issues while creating a style guide specific to you, verifying basic facts, ensuring any design elements or graphics are consistent and formatted correctly, and flagging inconsistencies and trademark or copyright issues that could arise. All copyedit corrections are made while maintaining your unique style and voice within your writing.
Advanced Copyediting: Advanced copyediting is an even deeper dive into perfecting your project. Along with proofread and copyedit corrections, an advanced copyedit will include elements of line editing, with suggestions or changes, as per your preference, to word choice, sentence structure, and light structural edits for clarity, effectiveness, and consistency within the work, style, and voice.
M.K. Editing Team is here to provide you with everything from full edits to simple proofreading. We will work diligently to make sure that your manuscript is error free and reads like a best seller. With 16 years experience teaching grammar and English, our head editor will give her personal time and attention to every aspect of your document until you are fully satisfied.
We offer advice and support specific to the indie author community as well as comprehensive beta reading at minimal to no cost.
Mari Ann Stefanelli, Founder
The Writer’s High, LLC
Mari Ann Stefanelli has been a professional independent editor since 2014 and is the founder and executive director of The Writer’s High®, LLC, which provides uplifting and inspiring editing, coaching, and ghostwriting services for authors. Mari Ann specializes in developmental editing of memoir, narrative nonfiction, and selected genre fiction.
In 2015, she launched The Writer’s High Retreat®, an annual weekend writing retreat dedicated to nurturing writers in a bucolic setting. The event has featured literary luminaries, including the New York Times bestselling authors Winston Groom, Cassandra King, Patti Callahan Henry, and Joshilyn Jackson. Mari Ann’s writing and events have been featured in Deep South, Writers in the Storm, and Boom. She’s currently working on a writing-related anthology.
Mari Ann’s background is in public relations, and she has more than a decade of experience in the field. She’s worked for a national nonprofit, entrepreneurs, a politician, and a well-known New York agency. Her PR experience augments her editing, as she’s always looking for opportunities to help her clients’ manuscripts stand out in today’s crowded marketplace.
In addition to her work with clients, Mari Ann is an active member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and committed to increasing professionalism and transparency in the editing industry. In 2018, she co-launched the Georgia chapter of the EFA and continues to serve as a co-coordinator. In this volunteer effort, her primary roles are securing professional development training for members and coordinating community outreach programs that enhance the public’s understanding and access to editors and editing services.