Editing Services

Focus Writing Services (FWS) offers editorial support to writers of all levels. We tailor services to their needs with the goal of producing high quality written work that connects with audiences. We strive to create an efficient and smooth working relationship with our writers, rooted in communication and professionalism.

FWS specializes in Christian books; however, we also work with writers whose works are not Christian-based.

 

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Dyane Forde, writer, editor, and founder of Focus Writing Services and Lost Pen Magazine.

Why you need an editor

You’ve slaved over your manuscript for months (or years), and you finally, finally, add the last period at the end of the last sentence of the manuscript you secretly feared would never, ever end.

You take a deep breath. You smile. You pull out your flip phone to text your remaining friends that you can leave your cave for the first time in ages. After running your hands through what’s left of your dishevelled hair, you pour yourself a drink, maybe coffee, or wine, or a shot of something stronger. Your smile transforms into a grin as you revel in a growing sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. By golly, you did it!

Then . . . you lean back in your chair. You look around your dungeon. Muscle memory takes over, and your fingers play idly at the keyboard until you remember that the story is finished.

What the heck do you do now?

 

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Sound familiar?

Of course, it does. We know because we’ve been there, too. So, let us help you get the job done right.

Why FWS may be what you need

Whether you are struggling to “fix” your manuscript, want to tailor your marketing content to your target audience, or need a thorough edit of your written content, we will put our experience and expertise to work for you.

You can learn more about the founder, Dyane Forde, and her writing adventures (and misadventures) here and here, but here’s a quick summary. She is the publisher of the Lost Pen Magazine and has self-published the adult fantasy trilogy Rise of the Papilion. Her short stories, flash fiction, poems, articles, interviews, guest posts, and devotionals have appeared in various magazines, blogs, and anthologies. She is also the co-founder of the Radiant Writers’ Community and has mentored and coached writers.

Focus Writing Services was born out of her own challenges, successes, and hard-earned lessons, and her desire to put all of that to work for you. 

FWS edits:

  • articles
  • essays
  • manuscripts (fiction and non-fiction)
  • short stories
  • and more

Don’t see your project there? Ask us about it. We are adaptable and enjoy a challenge.

FWS can help if:

  • You need coaching to figure out how to begin, continue, or finish your project.
  • You need an evaluation of your manuscript.
  • You need developmental editing, copy-editing, or proofreading of your fiction, non-fiction, or marketing content.
  • You’re a Christian writer in need of a Christ-centred support and equipping group, please visit our Radiant Writer’s Community page for information.

What you’ll need:

  • Writing samples (a few pages) from at least two different sections of your manuscript (preferably the beginning and middle). This helps us estimate how long it will take to complete the edit and enables us to suggest the appropriate type of edit (developmental edit vs. copy-edit vs. proofread).
  • Your outline, if you have one.
  • Your synopsis, if you have one.

Based on these, we can then quote you a price. Please note that a rough draft will likely involve more work and take longer to complete than a manuscript that has already gone through numerous rounds of revisions.

 

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What to expect:

Honesty. Your document will be covered in red marks, and a trail of comments will jam up the margin. But don’t panic. It’s our job to find the errors and inconsistencies that others have missed. We take that job seriously, so please look at it as us looking out for you.

Suggestions. We will suggest corrections to inspire your own solutions to the issues raised.

Communication. We will be available to discuss the edits or to help you figure out the best way to go about your revisions.

What’s expected of you:

An open mind. We know how stressful and ego-crushing this process can be. But it’s necessary to weed out the issues plaguing your work and to figure out how to fix them.

Communication. We hope you will let us know if you have questions so we can discuss them.

To remember that we are doing the job we were hired for, and our ultimate goal is to help you produce the best work possible. The comments, corrections, and suggestions are there to help, but your story belongs to you. Ultimately, you decide how you will apply them.

Still not convinced? Check out these testimonials.

 

Ready to begin your project? Visit the Services Offered page and then email us for a quote at fwritingservices@gmail.com or use the contact sheet below.