Brightside Story Studio collaborates with memoir or fiction authors to achieve their writing goals, whether a short story, a novel, a resume, a pitch letter or a synopsis. We work with beginners through to established authors.
To best understand an author’s needs, we offer a free initial consultation to get to know them and their project. We then tailor a program to suit their objectives. This can include structural and/or line edits, written feedback and mentoring/coaching discussions. Some clients work with us for the duration of their project, from concept to final draft. Others come to us with a complete manuscript. We also offer feedback on pitch material, such as query letters and synopses.
Editing is an iterative process, which starts with the big picture issues such as plot, characters, pacing, and ends with a final read for grammar and punctuation. Here are some common terms:
- A developmental edit occurs as a book is being written and focuses on the structural elements of the story.
- A structural edit has a similar focus, but takes place after the manuscript is complete. It can also be called a substantive edit when combined with a line or copy edit, which focuses on the prose, dialogue and flow.
- A proof read is the final step before publication and drills down into grammar and spelling.
Prices vary with the depth of edit required, word count and discussion time.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your free consultation.
This is what authors say about working with our founder, Andrea Barton…
“People say the relationship between the writer and the editor is important. It’s more than that, it’s vital. It’s vital because it must be built on trust, honesty and courage. Andrea brings all these things to the writer/editor relationship. She builds trust quickly which allows for very honest conversations and a belief in each other to take risks and experiment with ideas and changes. I have become a better writer (I hope) and certainly a happier one because of the commitment Andrea gave to working with me. A metaphor – in the boxing ring of writing, Andrea’s essential to have in your corner!” Pat McShane
“Andrea is a superb editor who pays excellent attention to detail, plotting, character arc and overall structure. She is speedy, creative, and truly inspiring to work with. From brainstorming, to grammar, to story cohesion, she’s an all-round whiz.” Dr Bella Ellwood-Clayton
“My book improved exponentially due to my work with Andrea. She fixed grammatical issues, called out larger inconsistencies, and suggested plot changes that gave the story depth it would otherwise have lacked.” Sophia Krich-Brinton
“Andrea has a terrific eye for detail, can see missed opportunities, and brings clarity of thinking to help hone a sharper narrative.” Sarah Hawthorn
“I have used editors and manuscript assessors before during the development of my novel, but Andrea stands out. She stuck to the brief without suggesting change for the sake of it, gave me ongoing guidance and encouragement when I needed it, and represented good value. My experience has been genuinely positive and I would highly recommend her to anyone.” Nore Hoogstad