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Marissa Van Uden | Elance
 
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Last Sign-in: Aug 5, 2015

Marissa Van Uden

Professional Manuscript Editor. SF/F Specialist.
   United States
  |  4:10 am Local Time

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $32

Professional editor with years of experience (indie and traditional publishing).
Many published credits, including an Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller.
Science Fiction & Fantasy specialist. Top 1% for Elance Editing Skills.
Online presence (website, facebook, twitter) as Marissa VU (Editing).

Testimonials:
"After reading many of your suggestions that 'ah-ha' feeling came upon me."
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"Awesome work … From a sow’s ear to a silk purse – you genius!”
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"I've been truly dazzled by your insights."
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"From the bottom of my heart, I just...

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Feb 2, 2015|Editing & Proofreading|Private|Completed
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Dec 14, 2014|Editing & Proofreading|Private|Completed
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Dec 5, 2014|Editing & Proofreading|Private|Completed
May 25, 2014|Editing & Proofreading|Private|Completed
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Portfolio

Line editing & content editing
- Line-editing for this science-fiction detective story set in 2048....
Line editing and developmental editing -...
Performed line editing and substantive editing...
Co-editor on this fantasy novel
In Turning International, psychologist and researcher Catherine Transler presents a...
http://www.lulu.com/shop/catherine-transler/turning-international/paperback/product-20345804.html
Project editor for "The Science Book" (copyediting, rewriting,...
Editor for Colin Smith's "The Wilderness" album booklet.
http://colinsmithmusic.com/index.php?/shop/buy-the-cd/
"This book introduces you to brand vision archetype or, if you are already a...
http://www.amazon.com/Creating-Brand-Meaning-Vision-Archetypes/dp/1478339640/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347352993&sr=1-3
Researcher/Proofreader/Copyeditor for the updated Australian version of "The...
http://books.google.de/books?id=Y7hSNwAACAAJ&source=gbs_book_other_versions
Parapsychology thriller, published 2011
http://www.amazon.com/Through-Third-Eye-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B005FFTI30
Editor for "Periscope Magazine"
Proofreader for "Frederic Lord Leighton" (art history book)
Edited on behalf of FirstEditing.com
http://www.amazon.com/Save-Wild-Ass-Rick-Zabel/dp/1602645868/ref=la_B003LL48DK_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1347352295&sr=1-4
Edited on behalf of FirstEditing.com
http://www.amazon.com/Upon-Breasts-Heaven-Rick-Zabel/dp/1602645361
Content editing, line editing and proofreading for Blinkist - a company that distills...

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Service Description

I borrow the editing philosophy of Damon Knight: "Begin from a position of respect for the writer, and single out disturbing flaws within a context of appreciation."

I offer developmental editing on story (plot, character, setting, voice, dialogue) as well line-editing services (working at the sentence level to prune redundant words or phrases, identify continuity errors and lags in tension, and clarify vague writing). I also edit non-fiction, including popular science, online articles and academic essays.

I have great respect for every author's voice and work to help guide revisions through queries and suggestions. My edits are made using MS Word's Track Changes. All changes are tracked for your final review.

Above all, I promise insightful editing, a professional work ethos, and great attention to detail.

Writing Resources Used:
The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition,
The Oxford Style Guide,
The MLA Handbook (7),
The APA Style Manual,
Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary,
The Oxford English Dictionary,
The New Oxford American Dictionary
- and numerous writing/narrative craft manuals.

* My Elance services are offered on a personal freelance basis and are never sub-contracted.
* Although I currently live in Berlin, I work exclusively in English. I do not edit German-language works.
* You will receive an annotated manuscript back, with plenty of guidance for how to clarify and improve the work. Once you've made revisions, the manuscript...

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Employment

Evolved Publishing
Editor
2014 - Present
Freelance editor for Evolved Publishing, a small-press publisher dedicated to high-quality fiction. http://www.evolvedpub.com
Independent Editor - SF/F Specialist
Freelance Editor
2008 - Present
As a freelance editor, I collaborate on a variety of projects, specializing in science-fiction and fantasy as well as science non-fiction (especially related to the human mind/psychology). I have...
Blinkist
Freelance Editor
2012 - 2014
Blinkist.com distills the essential ideas from popular non-fiction into short briefs for reading on-the-go. My role as an editor with this company was to collaborate with the writers to create...
FirstEditing
Independent Editor
2009 - 2013
As an independent contractor for a large online editing company, I worked on a huge variety of fiction novels, short stories, and non-fiction works (ranging from academic papers to articles and...
Periscope Creative GmbH
Copyeditor and proofreader
2008 - 2013
Copyeditor for a well-known photographers agency in Berlin (periscope-creative.com). Examples of the variety of projects include editing articles (e.g hyena reportage article published in "London...
Textilian Lektorat and Producing (Publisher)
Proofreader
2009 - 2009
Proofreader for book on Lord Frederic Leighton (his art, architecture, and philosophies) for a Munich Museum. British English (Oxford Style Guide) with endnotes.
Freelance
Ghostwriter
2009 - 2009
Current: Ghostwriter for an e-book on pet care. Outlining, research, and writing.
Delius Producing (Book Packager/Publisher)
Freelance Copyeditor/Fact checker
2009 - 2009
Fact checking and copyediting for soft-cover edition of a previously published National Geographic book (general knowledge, incl. philosophy, culture, and science subjects). Researched and updated...
Delius Producing (Book Packager/Publisher)
Project Editor (copyediting and rewriting)
2008 - 2008
Paid Intern: copyediting and rewriting translated English text for a National Geographic science book. http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/product/212/4465/114.html
Delius Producing (Book Packager/Publisher)
In-house staff
2008 - 2008
Full-time in-house employment at small book packagers: projects included concept, research, images, and writing samples for a series on science and also a city travel guide.
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