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Elissa Soave, author of ‘Ginger and Me’, forthcoming from Harper Collins, July 2022

There are many editors out there who can help you with grammar, punctuation and sense, but there are very few who can offer what Alison does - the ability to step back and take a broad overview of your work, advising on where it is not quite working, which areas need to be developed and improved upon, and where you should take it next in order for it to be the very best it can be. That is worth its weight in gold for any writer wanting to take their work to the next level.

I am an award-winning and published writer, a creative writing teacher and group facilitator, and the assistant editor of the literary magazine, Skirting Around.

I love working in commercial and upmarket women’s fiction and have a special interest in narrative non-fiction and memoir.

I offer mentoring, developmental editing, and line and copy-editing.

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I work with publishers, charities, academics, students, and self-publishers on theses, books, papers, and blogs.
My sweet spot is the area where spirituality, religion, human rights, body-awareness, well-being, and being-a-person-in-business intersect. I have taught yoga, set up a fair-trade promotions company, edited for the World Council of Churches in Japan­, and run my own English school and editing business.
I have a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and a master's degree in Religious Studies.
I offer mentoring, developmental editing, and line and copy-editing.

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A Qualified Editor

I received my copy-editing training through the Publishing Training Centre – attaining a merit in Essential Copy-Editing, and continued my professional development through the Chartered Institute for Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) in which I am an intermediate member.
I completed two courses in developmental editing with Liminal Pages and continue that study through regular meetings with other developmental editors.

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March 25, 2022

I love a wee PDF. So I made one about fiction editing and the different stages a manuscript goes through. Maybe I can help you with your project.

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