Sept. 21, 2016

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 “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”   Louis L'Amour

"...Then the manuscript goes to Laurie Skemp,  my take-no-prisoners grammarian. Laurie will proffer her opinion when asked and her opinion is a learned one. She comes from a long line of editors...In the end I was grateful for her honesty..."

Jessica Argyle, No Name Key

(used with permission) 

"Laurie is my number one go-to for copy editing. Like any good copy editor, Laurie is thorough, experienced and knowledgeable. Unlike others, however, Laurie can also, with a few subtle strokes of the blue pen, deal discreetly with an author's bad habits without changing the author's uniqueness and appeal." 

Harry DeWulf,

Welcome to Book Editing Professional Services

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." Ernest Hemingway

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"Laurie did a fantastic job line editing my book; she wouldn't stop until she'd combed out all the filler words and extra "that"s. I was positively surprised by her thoroughness. The text is vastly improved, and I myself learned a lot in the process. Laurie is the first professional editor I worked with and I don't see why I should seek another. I look forward to bringing my future books to her as well."

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“From start to finish, I couldn't have asked for a better copyeditor. Laurie's attention to detail, her intuition with words and phrases, and her ability to respect the author's work are just a few of the reasons she will be THE copyeditor for me throughout my career. I placed Laurie on several tight deadlines, and each time she got the work back to me in solid shape and on time (and usually earlier). Laurie is superb at her craft, and I look forward to using her in many years to come."

You've written the story you want to tell, and now it's time to polish your work. My name is Laurie Skemp, and I'm a professional freelance editor credentialed by My editorial services will help you with the next steps of your journey by:

  • reviewing character and plot development through content or developmental editing
  • editing your story for clarity, continuity, coherence, and consistency by copy or line editing for grammar and usage, punctuation, sentence structure, syntax, tone, style, etc., 
  • polishing a "to English" translation for smoother reading for the American English and/or British English audience, 
  • developing publisher queries and story synopses for publishing house submissions.

The"Editing" and "Publishing" pages of this website further explain the steps along this journey, and I hope you find this information useful. Please feel free to utilize the "Samples" page. I'll edit your sample and attach a cost estimate for your project. I guarantee that you and your project will get the personal and professional attention you deserve. 

I look forward to hearing from you -- I know you won't be disappointed.

Let's begin the journey by taking a look at editing...