Alternative Copy
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Alternative Copy

Intense Interrogation

So… you have your first draft.

Do you have your celebration cake and cocktail? Because you deserve it. Really!

Now it’s my turn…

I’ll do two passes through your book. The first one’s like a lioness, stalking round the outside… looking for shape, to see what it’s really about, spotting any big themes hiding in the background (you’d be amazed how often that happens), asking any obvious questions about meaning or intention.

In the second pass I go in depth. This is where it gets heavy. The big questions get asked, chunks get reworded, sections get moved, whole chapters might get deleted.

Fair warning: It. Can. Feel. Brutal.

But this is your book. It will always be your book. I will never make you accept any amends you don’t want to. (Though I will make you work hard to defend your decisions.)

It’s intense. And it’s not fast. But like anything to which you can apply that description – good gosh Jimmeny – it is good!

If you’re up for it, you will get:

  • Your fully edited manuscript back (obviously), with all changes tracked
  • Summary Comments on the book as a whole and on each chapter individually
  • Editing Notes, identifying recurring issues/questions
  • Your own Scratch file of bits that I really love but don’t belong in this book… maybe in a series of blog posts about ‘stuff that didn’t make the cut, so buy the book to find out what did’. Or maybe in your next book ;)

If you’re not really feeling it… ah well. I’m not the editor for you my love. And that’s ok.

Just promise me this. You will get someone to edit it for you. Or at least proof-read. Your message was important enough to labour over getting it written – you owe it to the you who cried out in frustration, who agonised over the right turn of phrase, who refused to give in when the blocks came down – you owe you the effort to make sure this gets as good as it can be.

It all boils down to trust

The most important thing when choosing an editor is to know that she will tell you ‘how it is’ and to know that you will be able to listen to it. Editing doesn’t have to be the excruciating pain of giving birth to your brainchild – it can be a straightforward, calm, wonderfully liberating experience. For that to happen you need to have a partner you can trust. And then you need to trust her.

So now, I wonder if you want a chat about your book, to see if I might be the one for you. Click on over here to find a time or send me an email: sian[at]


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Alternative Copy is not just another proof-reading service. Nor it is a copy writing service. It’s something else.


Through it, I give you, the confidence and skills you need to put your words down, your way and communicate effectively with your audience.

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