A Little Bit of History
It all started as I peered up at a shelf of Nancy Drew novels, wondering what would happen if my childhood library ever ran out of books for me to read.
Yes, I was that kid.
Ever since I was young, I’ve been eating up words—even if that meant reading the backs of cereal boxes.
That passion has stuck around, and in 2013 I edited my first book. Since then, I’ve worked with many authors in a plethora of genres to help them improve their writing craft.
What I Stand For
I believe in giving writers an editing experience that leaves them feeling accomplished, not frustrated. Too many writers have told me that they’re terrified of the editing process. They’re afraid of losing their voice, having their favorite scenes get torn out, surrendering control of their work—the list could go on and on. I’m out to change that.
Editors should be thorough and efficient while still listening to the author’s requests. I promise I’ll do just that. Taking your opinions into account as I edit, I’ll adhere to the style guide of your choice, defaulting to the Chicago Manual of Style if a preference isn’t given.
I’ll take your hard work and polish it to a luminescent sheen. Careful of the integrity of your story and your voice, I’ll search for plot holes, inconsistent character traits, and pesky typos. You write the adventure, and I’ll make sure you don’t use too many commas.
Communication is key while editing. I love talking to the authors I’m working with, and you can expect plenty of dorky jokes along the way. But you can be confident in knowing that I’m listening to what you’re saying. I’ll also explain any edits I make that might be confusing.
On top of being a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, I offer rates much lower than their recommendations to provide you with an affordable service. And unlike an editor from an outsourcing platform, I’ll make sure your book will receive the attention it deserves. It will be the only one of its kind I work on at a time. So if I’m editing your motivational nonfiction book, I won’t pick up another project of that type until I’m finished with yours. It helps to keep your writing authentic.
I’m a wife, mother, and worship leader from northwest PA. Though my kids don’t think I’m funny, I make myself laugh frequently. Everyone in my family lives, breathes, and eats music, so I’m always picking up some new instrument and giving it a try. I edit books with the help of my four assistants, all of whom are cats.
“I’ve worked with three different editors and you’ve by far exceeded my expectations, Lynda Dietz. You’re brilliant at what you do, but I especially love how you manage to keep my voice MINE, something I didn’t have with my two previous editors. Also, while your communication skills in general are superb, I truly appreciate how you keep me updated of the progress without me having to ask. Your comments (and humor) throughout my manuscripts always make me smile. Looking forward to working with Easy Reader Editing again in the future!”
“I wanted to say again how much I appreciate your services as an editor. This was my first time using a paid editing service and the experience was much better than what I was led to believe it would be. I’ve spoken with other writers, both published and unpublished. Their advice and comments were either neutral at best, or worse negative, regarding paid editorial services. I think perhaps they didn’t select an editor that was a proper fit for them. As for me, I’ll definitely use your services again, and will tell others of the pleasant experience I had.”
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2019 EFA Conference