Editing Services



EDITING SERVICES

Making sure your manuscripts are as 

clean and professional as possible


Andrea thrives on using her editing skills to help other writers become the best they can be. She encourages and mentors those seeking to learn the trade and sharpen their skills. She would love to help you get your manuscript ready for submission.

Initial Critique/Edit – $30.00

An overall critique and sample edit of your first five unedited pages. This will help both author and editor have a better understanding of the material and the type of editing that will be required.

Proofreading/Copyediting – $30 per hour


Correction of basic errors in PUGS: punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling, along with formatting and consistency.

Substantive Editing – $35-40 per hour

A thorough line-by-line edit of your work. This includes checking for the items mentioned above, along with: content, flow, hooks, writing tight, showing-not-telling, and problems with plot, point of view, characterization, and dialogue. This will include any rewriting that needs to be done and the editor will work closely with the author, using comments and track changes.

Mentoring – $40 per hour

If you are just starting out as a writer and need to learn some basics, or you are struggling in a particular area, this mentoring process will help you hone your skills and polish your prose. We can cover things like: basics of writing, formatting, learning the lingo, or writing a devotion, article, or story.


Blog Posts – $8-10 per post
    If you are a blogger, allow me to help you get your posts ready for publication.

I would love to work with you and help you on your writing journey. You may contact me at 
andreamerrell7 @ gmail (dot) com and include “Editing Services” in the subject line.



WRITING/EDITING RESUME


Writing Credits
    Coming in June, 2017 ... Marriage Make It or Break It (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
The Gift (Helping Hands Press) 
Praying for the Prodigal (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

More Christmas Moments (contributing author)
Stupid Moments (contributing author)

Staff Writer for www.ChristianDevotions.us
Contributing Writer for www.DevoKids.com
Contributor for The Write Life 
Contributor for CBN.com


Editing Experience
Associate Editor for Christian Devotions Ministries
    Associate Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas 
Associate Acquisitions Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas 
Copy Editor for www.DevoKids.com
Copy Editor for Spirit & Heart: A Devotional Journey
Copy Editor for Faith & Finances: In God We trust
Novels, newsletters, and various non-fiction projects 
Editor, Pan Am Bank Notes (Newsletter)

Books Edited by Andrea Merrell (LPC)

Hope for the Hollow - Jena Morrow
One Size Fits All - Michele Howe
Sick and Tired - Kimberly Rae
God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea - Rose Chandler Johnson
Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries - Kathy Collard Miller
God's Provision in Tough Times - Cynthia Howerter & LaTan Murphy, award-winning authors - Selah Awards Finalist 2014 (Publishing House Editor)
Becalmed - Normandie Fischer
Atonement for Emily Adams - Susan Lawrence
Chasing the Butterfly - Jayme Mansfield (This book was a top ten finalist in the Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novelist competition in 2011, received the 2015 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year for Historical Fiction, the 2015 Inspirational Readers Choice Award for Women’s Fiction, and the 2016 Enduring Light, Bronze Medal Illumination Book Award for Christian Fiction.)
Crashing Into Love - Yvonne Lehman
Damn Shame - Pastor Curtis Tucker
PennedWithout Ink - Sarah Lynn Phillips
Secrets and Charades - Cindy Huff
Reflections of the Creator in Us - Brenda Hendricks
Rush - Jayme Mansfield
Agnes Hopper is Betting on Murder - Carol Heilman

Other Books edited by Andrea Merrell
Changing Zip Codes - Carol Stratton
When You Come Home - Nancy Cavin Pitts
21 Ts to Transformation - Gene Burgess
Six Steps Forward - Alan and Eric Hoffler
Click Power - Meredith Oliver
The Money Gospel Revolution - Dr. Azza Okorie Azza
True Song - Carole Walters
Girdle Support - Kim Hardy
Parallel Vessels (Mirror Image) - Linda Widrick



Professional Organizations
Greenville Christian Writers Group
The Christian Writer's Den
The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network
ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers)
ACFW-SC - Founding Member

Professional Conferences
Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference 
     2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference
          2017 (Faculty)
     Christian Writer's Den Retreat 2009
Kentucky Christian Writers Conference 2010, 2011, 2013 (Faculty)
Write2Ignite 2010
Write 2 Ignite 2014, 2015, 2017 (Faculty)
Writers Boot Camp 2009, 2010 
Writers Boot Camp 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (Faculty)
Asheville Christian Writers Conference (formerly Writers Boot Camp) 2017 (Faculty)
    CLASS Christian Writers Conference 2012 (Faculty)
    Carolina Christian Writers Conference 2013 (Faculty)
     Atlanta Christian Writers Conference 2016 (Faculty)

Endorsements

"The editing was superb. I didn't make any notes, which almost never happens with me. So, either there were no errors, or I was too caught up in the story to mark them. Either way, well done. (Posted by Kristi Cramer at Bounded in a Nutshell on Becalmed by Normandie Fischer.) 


"Andrea is an expert craftsman with words and the nuts and bolts of grammar, sentence structure, and conventions of writing. I learned a tremendous amount through the process that I’ve applied to new manuscripts —to me, that alone is the mark of a talented editor when her efforts translate to other works. As a first-time novelist, Andrea made me feel worthy of her time. Her documentation was detailed, clear, and spot-on. In areas that needed discussion, we spoke often, and together made the best choices for the book’s success. She is a skilled people person and values relationships—her investment in the manuscript and author are evident." 

~ Jayme Mansfield, author of Chasing the Butterfly


"Andrea has been a great friend and mentor as I've begun contract editing. Her experience and skill set have been invaluable tools." 
~Betty Hassler, author and editor


 “With the eagle eyes of a copy editor and the heart of a writer, Andrea Merrell finds not only the most obscure typos, but also awkward passages and missing gaps that need to be reworked. Her professional manner and encouraging feedback offer much help to the writer. She is a joy to work with.”  
~ Carol Stratton, author of Changing Zip Codes 
and Lake Surrender

 "Andrea Merrell did a wonderful job editing my book this past summer. I was up against a self-imposed deadline, and she came through for me, finishing the job in record time. What I remember with fondness was how enjoyable our working relationship was, whether communicating by email or by phone (loved her southern accent!). She also assisted me with some last-minute changes and edits as well, helping to bring the book's completion to the perfect end. She was a joy to work with. I hope to meet Andrea some day and sit down with her for a heart-to-heart chat!"  
– Nancy Cavin Pitts, author of When You Come Home

"Andrea Merrell is the 'Queen of Commas!' Her sharp eye catches the smallest detail. When I was on a strict deadline, "Andrea devoted a full weekend to me, editing, double=checking POV, and keeping my thoughts in line. By deadline time, I had a perfectly edited manuscript. She is faithful, fast, and fantastic. I trust my work into her capable hands.” 
~ Cindy Sproles, author of New Sheets and Mercy's Rain;  editor, Christian Devotions Ministries

"Andrea Merrell wears the many hats of editor, writer, and author, so she knows how to speak a writer's language and gently suggest, advise, and coach authors to bring out the message of their heart. Am I ever grateful that she took my manuscript and skillfully coaxed my sometimes awkward phrases into coherent, catchy, and smooth sentences. Working with Andrea is a delight and a privilege, but you won't experience it for yourself until you partner with her on your next project." 
~ Michele Howe, author, reviewer, columnist