International Fiction editor based in Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Do you want to:
Send work out to literary agents?
Self-publish a novel or memoir?
Have a fresh pair of eyes check over and fine-tune your finished manuscript?
If any of these apply to you, then The Script Doctor can help.
Are you looking for quality editing for your project? The Script Doctor is at your service! Liz will read and suggest edits for literary fiction, thrillers, historical fiction, SF, speculative, dystopian, fantasy, horror, young adult, and crime. She also advises on non-fiction projects, such as lifestyle and memoir. Based in Geelong, Victoria Australia, Liz takes fiction and non-fiction editing clients from anywhere in the world.
Recent editorial projects include a political thriller, a dystopian novel, a YA fantasy adventure, a historical novel, a Christian self-help guide, a memoir and an erotic romance. I work on the premise that story functions the same way across any number of genres, so whatever you write, I can offer the same level of help. I can advise on the mechanics of detailed historical research and equally, on the challenges of creating a unique futuristic landscape. I'll also suggest which literary agents might be interested in your finished MS.
Before booking, please note: I recommend setting aside your newly-finished manuscript for a minimum of three months. This will help you to return to it with fresh eyes, to give it a final edit. Problems you didn't previously notice with characters, plot and sentence structure should be easier to spot after a 'rest' from the script. Ideally, you should’ve had your work critiqued (perhaps in a writing group), or at the very least read by a friend or relative who has offered honest feedback. Edit your manuscript as many times as it takes to ensure it is the best it can possibly be. Then, when you can go no further on your own, you're ready to book The Script Doctor. I can help you to take your work to the next level.
How I can help you:
I provide two services: Reader's Report, and Developmental Edit.
The Reader's Report
Reader's Reports (sometimes called structural edits) comment on the structure, characters, pace, plot and language of your work. A Reader's Report is a structural overview which assesses the strengths and weaknesses of your project. Areas for improvement are suggested in a detailed report, often with worked examples where appropriate, but the manuscript itself is not altered.
The Developmental Edit
A Developmental Edit is a more detailed version of the Reader's Report. It includes at least one comment on almost every page of your manuscript, as well as a reader's report. Anywhere the tension picks up or lessens, anywhere the dialogue is great or perhaps needs to be reduced, or indeed anything else which comes to mind as the story unfolds, is noted on the manuscript in margin comments. This allows for a very specific (rather than a more generalised) focus as to things which are working well, and things which might need some attention.
If you require alterations to your manuscript to be done on your behalf, then you need a Line Edit. I include a sample line edit in almost every report I produce, because it's so helpful to illustrate how to stay focussed and how to increase tension. But, I only currently offer a full line edit service for established writers who are already working with a publisher. For an explanation of the line edit and a closer look at how to do this, I've devoted a blog to this (including an example).
Fill in the Contact Form HERE, then I'll be in touch to discuss the best approach for editing your novel or non-fiction, and to tell you how much it will cost to evaluate or edit. All projects are of different length and require different amounts of input, so every quote is individual.
If you're a writer-in-progress and your work isn't yet finished, but you'd like some editorial input or advice, take a look at The Writing Coach page. The Writing Coach is designed to help with work-in-progress, or to advise on short chunks of your novel or memoir.
"I sent Liz a copy of my debut book because I wanted to know, first and foremost, whether I could actually write something to hold a reader's interest. She suggested some useful edits and tweaks to the plot but also pointed out what I had done well, which was a confidence boost. She made perceptive comments about the storyline and seemed genuinely interested in what I had written. Best of all, Liz has inspired me to write my next book, which I'm now doing." Anne Vitoria, UK
"Liz (AKA Script Doctor), is insightful, efficient, fair, and genuinely interested in doing her best for her clients. She has helped me far beyond what I expected… Liz covered a great many aspects of the art of writing and helped me to "think" about what I am doing. Thank you, Liz!" Phil Green, Adelaide, Australia.
"Whilst struggling with my first novel, I reached out to Jericho Writers in Oxford. They matched me with Liz to assess my MS. Her constructive editing and positive comments gave me the inspiration to continue. Not only did she point out where things needed work, more importantly (to me) she showed me what I was doing well. Thank you, Liz for being so honest and insightful." Jo Harris - Oxford, UK.