I help creatives find and refine their voices.
My goal is to help writers like you take projects from manuscript to published book. How can I support you today?
As an author there are few things more important than finding a quality editor you can trust to be quick, reliable, and accurate. April is all of those things and more.
After a few bad editing experiences I came to [the] Editing Soprano and I’m delighted with the level of professionalism. I loved every moment and can’t wait to work with her again.
I worked with April on my third book and WOW! The difference in the quality, and how much I learned from that single edit was amazing!
I offer three types of editing: Line Edit, Copyedit, Proofread.
Forest and trees
A line edit takes in the whole picture. You want the reader to follow the story without having to work at it. The broad focus is the story as told through the scenes and paragraphs. Suggested changes can be anything from removing or adding whole scenes to rearranging paragraphs to revising sentences.
A copyedit focuses on the sentences and words. I might still suggest paragraph changes, but generally we’ll streamline the text, making sure the sentences flow one into the next in an effortless and beautiful way. This is where the novel fully comes into its own—and the goal is that the story will seem to tell itself.
Finally there’s proofreading. Inevitably, we’ll miss a dratted misspelled word. An extra space appears between punctuation marks where we removed a sentence; a sentence begins with a lower case letter. I aim to catch all of it, and leave you with the most excellent manuscript that ever was published.
April’s kindness and professionalism make her stand out.
– Michelle McCraw
The Editing Soprano
I specialize in editing romance and cozy mystery. My editing career began when I was invited to edit for a small independent press, beginning with proofreading then learning the ropes as a copyeditor, and I opened my freelance business in 2018. I now work primarily with indie authors but am always open to collaboration with others in the ever-changing publishing industry.
In addition to helping authors become better writers, I am passionate about guiding singers to become better musicians. A classically trained soprano, I teach voice lessons and encourage my students to find, use, and enjoy their unique voices.
In my spare time I read, binge on BBC crime dramas, and am ever in search of the perfect handbag. I live with my husband near Yellow Springs, Ohio.
…she is intelligent, compassionate AND not afraid to practice tough love…which is crucial for authors…her critical thinking and professionalism have had an enormous impact on my books.
– Jill Downey
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