Your story, your writer


Editing and Rewriting

"I never hesitate recommending Allen Kates as an editor and
writing coach. His writing and teaching skills are superb. I
know that his clients will walk away with a well crafted,
publishable product."

-Lynn Wiese Sneyd, LWS Literary Service, publicist, author of Holistic Parenting


Allen R. Kates with Lori DiGuardi on BoomGoddess Radio show, 2018

Back, L--Andrea Gould-Marks, Ph.D., R--Jennifer Davis-Paige
Front, L--Lori DiGuardi, M.S., ACC, Guest Speaker and Author
Front, R--Barbara Peters, MBA

Editing and Rewriting

If you are not looking for a ghostwriter, but you do need an editor, here's what I do: When I edit your work, I read and edit everything you have written. Among other things, I fix the basics like grammar and spelling mistakes; replace overused, misused or uninteresting words with more compelling action words; invert sentences for more suspense; simplify and smooth out your prose; add subtext and tension to your dialogue; move sentences to create more impact; delete or rewrite unnecessary repetitions; improve your narrative and description; and offer suggestions (if any) for further development.

Some manuscripts require a complete rewrite, which means I may revise and reword nearly every sentence.

Many editors divide editing projects into light edits, medium edits and heavy edits. As you have guessed, a light edit is faster and less expensive to do than a heavy edit. But in my experience, I have found that every editing project consists of all 3 types of editing. Some areas need a light or medium edit. Other areas are complicated and take a lot of time. For you to ask an editor to do just a light edit may sabotage your project without you realizing it.

"Allen helped me take complex ideas and connect them to the reader's
experience. What I learned from Allen helped me grow my reputation
and expand my business."

-Dennis Stevens, co-author of The Next Revolution in Productivity, published June 2008,
Harvard Business Review

Sample of Allen's Editing

If you would like to read a sample of work I've edited, please contact me and let me know whether you would like to see nonfiction, fiction or academic work.

Contact Allen

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