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Helen Steadman | Elance
 
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Last Sign-in: May 24, 2013

Helen Steadman

First aid for fiction: I critique, edit and proof.
   United Kingdom
  |   Bridgehill, County Durham
  |  2:23 am Local Time

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $53

With over twenty years of professional experience in writing, editing and proofreading, I've worked on documents ranging from fiction through to scientific journals.

I have a strong track record in manuscript critique, copy editing and proofreading. Because I'm familiar with most style manuals and dictionaries, I can ensure that your document meets the required guidelines.

My services are suitable for a wide range of writers. For example, if you are a budding writer who needs an honest second opinion, then I can offer practical...

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Portfolio

This article explains the importance of having a professional manuscript critique...
http://www.thecritiqueboutique.com
This article explains the importance of having a professional manuscript critique...
http://www.thecritiqueboutique.com

Skills (5)

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Creative Writing
Creative Writing Test - Fiction (U.S. Version)
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Creative Writing Test - Fiction (UK Version)
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Creative Writing Test - Non-fiction (U.S. Version)
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English
Understanding differences in British and American English Test
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Editing
UK English Oxford Style Editing Skills Test (For Writing Professionals)
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English Spelling
English Spelling Test (UK Version)
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English Proofreading
UK English Proofreading Skills Test (Oxford Guide to Style)
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Service Description

I provide five different editorial services: manuscript critique, mentoring, copy editing, proofreading and ESL services. Read more about them below, and check my portfolio for articles on why it’s important to have a manuscript critique.

Manuscript Critique

As a professional editor, I will assess your work and provide a constructive manuscript critique to help improve your writing. You can rely on me to be both honest and constructive. My critique report will take account of fiction elements such as character, setting, opening hook, dénouement, plot, pacing, conflict, development, story arc and theme. It is also possible to request a special focus on any areas of particular concern. You will receive a comprehensive and professional manuscript critique report which will contain helpful and friendly advice on how to improve your writing. In addition, I will return your original document along with a new version marked up with comments and any suggested changes.

Mentoring

The mentoring service can be provided in conjunction with critique, copy editing, proofreading and ESL services, or it can be offered as a standalone service. I can work with you to develop your creative writing, improve specific areas or help to clear your writer's block. These sessions can be run quite formally or on a more informal workshop basis, it’s entirely up to you. Mentoring can be done by landline phone or over an internet connection, such as Skype, if you prefer to see me while...

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Employment

The Critique Boutique Ltd
Owner, Editor-in chief
2011 - Present
The Critique Boutique Ltd provides book editing services for all fiction writers including manuscript critique, mentoring, copyediting and proofreading. My editorial services are designed to help...
Department for Work and Pensions
Strategic Communications Manager
2005 - 2012
Writing, editing and proofreading a range of communication products: paid advertising (TV, radio, outdoor, digital); web content; press releases / feature articles; speeches, briefing and...
Government Office for the North East
Head of Communications Team
1998 - 2005
Writing, editing and proofreading a range of communication products: annual reports; quarterly reports; staff magazines; stakeholder magazines; press releases and feature articles; ministerial...
Department for Education and Employment
Briefing Manager
1993 - 1998
Writing and editing a range of products: ministerial speeches; briefing packs; contributing to/coordinating cross-government reports to international institutions (United Nations, Council of...

Education

Chapterhouse Publishing
Copy Editing and Proofreading
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Plain English Campaign
Train the Trainer course
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Open College of the Arts
Life Writing and Creative Non-Fiction
2011 - Present
Open University
Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing
2009 - 2011

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manuscript critique
mentoring
copy editing
proofreading
fiction
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