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Structural Editing

 

Here’s what some of my private editorial clients are saying …

 

The early drafts of my first novel Apparition fit uncomfortably in the YA genre and my agent recommended that I approach Allyson to do a substantive edit. the manuscript had too much detail, the pace was sometimes slow, there was too much internal dialogue, and there were too many points of view for the YA audience. But Allyson understood what I was trying to do. I was thrilled with her edit notes. She validated and reinforced my vision and helped me strengthen my characters and the story I wanted to tell. The notes were challenging, but they helped me make dramatic improvements to the manuscript, and I have no doubt they directly facilitated Apparition‘s publication. — Gail Gallant, author of the YA novels Apparition and Absolution

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Allyson’s input was extremely helpful in developing my novel for submission to publishers. She gave excellent advice on plot and character development, as well as providing help with voice and style and those tricky grammatical issues that crop up now and then. It was a pleasure to work with her. — Alan Gibney, author of a novel forthcoming from HarperCollins Canada

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Not only is Allyson a thoughtful editor, she genuinely loves her projects; she is special in that way and digs deep into ideas with enthusiasm. She has the insight and experience to push writers to their fullest potential. With Allyson’s mentorship, my University of Toronto SCS final project for the Creative Writing Certificate became the basis of a soon-to-be-published memoir.Alexandra Risen, author of the memoir Unearthed (forthcoming)

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I can’t thank Allyson enough for her outstanding contribution to the development of my book. In addition to her editing skills, for which I am very thankful, she helped me add clarity where needed and suggested restructuring that helped with readability. The book is a much better product because of her careful, professional, and caring approach, not only as an editor but as a friend. I also learned in the process about structure and grammar and she was very receptive to my questions and took the time to educate me. It was my good fortune to have her as my editor on this writing adventure. — Frank Soriano, author of Beyond the Perimeter (March 2015)

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Allyson commits to your story. She works her way inside and with a strong intuitive sense of both what is needed and how you are viewing your own work, she starts opening doors and windows and revealing the secrets you have gotten in the way of showing yourself. — Mark McGivern, author of the novel-in-progress In a  Field of Silver Trees

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Allyson’s vital suggestions enabled me to successfully re-sculpt my novel manuscript. She provided indispensible with my presentation to publishers as well. Her gentle guidance made the labour a joy, but make no mistake, she is indefatigable and persistent in her efforts because she loves her work as much as her writers love theirs. — Lea Harper

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I contacted Allyson at a time when I needed good, honest advice about my memoir. I had several bits and pieces written that were strong and I had a good idea about what I wanted to say with my story but the structure wasn’t working and it lacked cohesion. Allyson identified the things I was holding onto that clearly weren’t working and pointed out elements that were important to the story but needed more emphasis. My consult with her was extremely motivating and was a significant step toward completion of my manuscript. Meeting with Allyson was the best thing I could have done at a pivotal point in my writing. — Kendall Hunter, memoirist

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I was so proud of myself when I finished the first draft of my memoir, but had no idea what to do next. Friends and family offered helpful advice, but what I needed was an objective assessment of the manuscript. Allyson provided just that. She offered clear, specific advice on how to restructure the narrative for greater impact, as well as welcome stylistic feedback. Working with Allyson has energized me in a way I hadn’t anticipated. I’m working on my second draft now with renewed enthusiasm. — Linda Kenyon, memoirist

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I had a private consultation with Allyson to help sort out some story structure issues. It was time and money well spent. Allyson is a great listener and coach. She draws on her rich professional background and experience as a senior editor and teacher to provide wise, thoughtful, and direct advice. She is supportive and encouraging and makes writers feel that she is invested in their success. I highly recommend Allyson for private consultations (in addition to recommending her for teaching and workshops!).  — Janet Culliton, memoirist

“If I sit at my computer, determined to write a New Yorker story I won’t get beyond the first sentence. It’s better to put no pressure on it. What would happen if I followed the previous sentence with this one, I’ll think. If the eighth draft is torture, the first should be fun. At least if you’re writing humor.”– David Sedaris