Marie Valentine

Marie Valentine

Copy Editing and Proofreading Services

Short Stories, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry

With nearly twenty years of book editing proofreading experience, Marie helps writers prepare their manuscripts for submission to publishers or in preparation for self-publishing. In fiction writing, Marie can see where characterization needs rounding out or where the plot thins. She will spot inconsistencies in setting or spelling of key terms. She has passed the rigorous proofreading test of this editing network, so you can trust that her edits will also clear up any typographical errors in your book. As a bonus to her clients, Marie helps with formatting as well as crafting query letters for agent and publisher submissions, book marketing, and self-publishing.


Book Editor – Proofreader

Besides offering an objective critique from a professional editor, Marie provides advice on presentation. This can involve discussions on formatting the manuscript as well as crafting query letters for agent and publisher submissions, book marketing, and self-publishing.

Marie offers query package evaluations for all her clients interested in publishing traditionally. She has editorial acquisitions experience and knows what publishers expect.

Genres and Topics

Self-Help – How-To

In self-help or how-to writing, Marie can make sure the instructive voice is consistent. Authorship is everything in this genre, and she’ll help tweak your unique voice. She will offer organizational tips and best practices based on her experience working for publishers in this category.

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

In memoir and creative nonfiction writing, Marie can see where more descriptions are needed. She may find missing details an author does not realize they’ve passed over, being so close to the work. She will spot inconsistencies in setting or spelling of key terms.

Literary Fiction

In fiction writing, Marie can see where characterization needs rounding out or where the plot thins.

Poetry

As a practicing poet herself, Marie offers a sensitivity to poem-writing that will allow for your own personal style. She welcomes experimentation and enjoys wordplay and absurdist humor. Her experience with poetic writing gives her flexibility as well as an ear for rhyme, rhythm, alliteration and assonance. Marie’s keen poetic perception will pick up the nuance of layered meanings in your work, and her suggestions will help you best arrange your lines visually on the page.

Services offered by Marie:

  • manuscript evaluation
  • proofreading
  • self-publishing consulting
  • developmental editing
  • copyediting
  • query & synopsis development
  • structural editing
  • formatting
  • book marketing planning
  • content organization
  • style editing
  • writer coaching
  • permissions assistance

Book Editor Reviews

“I have known Marie for years, and we have worked together on multiple projects. Her hard work and creative spirit have always been an inspiration to me. Her love for language/writing/editing are clear, and she turns that into enthusiastic and insightful contributions to a project.” – Dana Sitar, author of A Writer’s Bucket List and Welcome to the Shitshow

“Marie was so great to work with. This was my first time working with an editor. She was extremely professional, yet had a very down-to-earth way of communicating her editing opinions. I feel like my voice remained fully intact. She just brought everything to a different level. I will definitely reach out to Marie for my future editing needs.” – John Ethier, author of the fiction novel The Little Red Boat

“Working with Marie has been wonderful. She provides consistent work with a positive attitude. She points out strengths and weaknesses and evaluates what can be done to turn those weaknesses into strengths. She was easy to reach, returned e-mails within 24 hours, and met each deadline (twice was early). I look forward to working with her again in the future!” – Jessica Gould, author of the fiction novel Shallow Foundations

“I would like to thank my editor, Marie Valentine, for her sharp eye and many helpful comments. My implementation of her suggestions has greatly improved the overall structure of the book.” – John Desautels, author of A Prophetic Dreamer’s Reflections on Life

“The network responded quickly and ably to my query. Marie was a great choice for editing my novella. She had a genuine understanding and appreciation for the style of the piece, and provided invaluable, sensitive input while respecting my voice.” – Chris Ingram