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Russil Tamsen | Elance
Last Sign-in: Dec 11, 2015

Russil Tamsen

Editor, Editorial Rewrites, Audiobook Creator
   United States
  |   Tampa, FL

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Bravo, you've finished your novel! Whether you participated in Nanowrimo or have been going at your own pace, let's assume you've completed at least one rewrite of your work. Still, you know you need a proper edit. Let's chat!

I specialize in editorial rewrites of fiction. Depending on what you show me, your manuscript could enjoy: a brief but tender polishing, a thorough spring cleaning, or a radical remodeling. Send me an excerpt of up to eight pages from your MS and, provided I like your writing, I'll edit it - on the house - and send it...

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Skills (2)

Editing/Copy Editing
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U.S. English Proofreading Skills Test (Chicago)
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Service Description

Dear author:

I deliver Strunk and White proofreading and editing, but at the end of the day I trust in my ear above any manual. I will be reading your text out loud more than once, since I find that my voice actor's ear for sound - that rich element - always clarifies what needs to be fixed or rearranged. I will work on your sentences, then your paragraphs, and then I will go through the whole piece start to finish three or more times. How much makeover is needed to let your intellect, passion, and inner beauty shine through your pen? My job is to find out. I will try to get inside your head to grasp what you are pining to say and to make sure it ends up on the page .

After I'm done, I want you to be rewarded with a product of which you can be proud. I can do book layout with stylesheets, and I can give advice on self-publishing. If you work with me, I will guarantee that any honestly constructive criticism of your baby will come with a chaser of nurturing encouragement. We'll work on a couple of chapters at a time. That way, any diverging views between us can be nipped in the bud.

Let's promote each other!

Cheers, Russil.

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Preston Copeland
Editorial Rewriter
2015 - 2015
I edited and helped rewrite the author's self-published YA adventure novel, "Saleena Sanchez and the Cursed Crown", now available on Amazon.
Preston Copeland
Editorial Rewriter
2015 - 2015
My most recent endeavor is a dark satire/fantasy novel manuscript called "Christmas with Lucifer" by Preston, edited with rewrites. It is currently being shopped to literary agents.
Ronnie Roberts
2015 - 2015
Edited/rewrote a novel manuscript for this first time author. The fun storytelling about surfers, divers and parasailers was there, but it was mostly in sentence fragments and was rather difficult...
Bett Correa
2014 - 2014
I edited Bett's handbook, "Improv Your Novel in Thirty Days", in which she shows how techniques learned from comedy improv can be applied to creating solid characters for a novel.
Evershine Press
Editorial Rewriter
2013 - 2014
I was hired by Jewel Parago of Evershine Press to do editorial rewrites of novels by two of her authors: a prepper MS called "Silent Armageddon", and a WWII novel about life in Nazi Austria called...
Nicholas Kotowski
Editorial Rewriter
2013 - 2013
Editor for this first time author's gory Victorian cloak-and-dagger novel about a psychotic killer. The manuscript of "The Darkest Corner of His Mind" is being shopped to literary agents. I...
Bett Correa
Editorial Rewriter/Audiobook Narrator and Producer
2013 - 2013
I wound up doing a lot of work with Ms. Correa's futuristic thriller, from editing to creating the full audiobook. The author had great skill in storytelling but needed help with sentence...
Loraghne Henry
2004 - 2004
This new age manuscript came to me as a jumbled grab-bag of paragraphs that lacked coherency and direction, but I fixed that. The author tells me she is regularly complimented on how easy it is to...


Brown University
Bachelor of Arts
1981 - 1985
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fiction editing
novel editor
book editor
audiobook producer
audiobook narrator
voice actor
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  • 12 months
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June 2013
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