Welcome.

How can I support you today?
My goal is to help writers like you take projects from manuscript to published book.

An editor, writer, teacher and singer,
I’m also known as the Editing Soprano.
I help creatives find and refine their voices.

The Editing Soprano

April Bennett

I edit a variety of genres, including but not limited to memoir, romance, young adult, fantasy, paranormal and urban fantasy. I work with independent authors and independent publishers. After writing and publishing two of my own books, I was invited to edit for an indie publishing house. My editing career—something I never knew I wanted to do—blossomed as I discovered an aptitude and passion for editing. 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.

I train for half-marathons, read, and binge on BBC crime dramas in my free time. I live with my husband near Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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JIll Downey

…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.

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Ryan Latta

I went through five editors before finding April. She provided her sample edit, and I knew she was the right editor.

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A.J. Andersen

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!

Editing Options

I offer three types of editing: Line Edit, Copyedit, Proofread.
In short, one can think of these as being broad- to narrow-scoped as we go along.

Forest

A line edit focuses on the scenes and paragraphs, tightening down sentences to make the scenes flow–you want the reader to follow the story without having to work at it–and suggested changes can be anything from taking out and adding whole sentences or paragraphs to rearranging them to adding/subtracting words.

Trees

For a copyedit, the focus narrows slightly to the sentences and words. I might still suggest paragraph changes, but most likely we’ll be paring down verbiage, making sure the sentences flow one into the next in an effortless and beautiful way. Removing the ‘clunkiness’ of repetitive words and phrases, identifying redundancies in the ‘script’ and overall polishing your book–this is where the novel fully comes into its own–and the goal is that the story will seem to tell itself.

Branches & Leaves

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.

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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.

– Janice M. Whiteaker

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