Editing Services

Shooter’s editor, Melanie White, provides fiction and non-fiction editing services for writers of short stories, essays, memoirs and long-form projects. Writers who are preparing work for competitions, agents or publishing houses, or preparing to self-publish their work, will benefit from her editorial skills. Following the final-stage polish outlined below, the writer’s prose will be clean and honed: its best incarnation, ready for appreciative readers.

Prior to launching Shooter, Melanie gained editing experience as a script and book analyst for film production companies including Film4, Renaissance and Donmar Films in London. She has worked in journalism as an Arts Editor at an award-winning newspaper in the western United States, the Jackson Hole News&Guide, and combines her experience of both fiction and non-fiction editing in overseeing Shooter. As a dual US-UK citizen who has worked in both countries, she is sensitive to the different styles and linguistic requirements of American and British writing.

Melanie obtained an English degree from Oxford University, a master’s in journalism from Columbia in New York, and furthered her understanding of narrative craft with courses in Story Design at the Script Factory and Short Story Writing at City University in London. Please see below for testimonials from writers whose work she has edited.

The Polish:

Your work receives a thorough copy edit to catch typos, correct grammar and polish sentence construction. A redline edit, comments and suggestions are made within the body of the piece and emailed back along with feedback on the work’s overall strengths and weaknesses.

A fast turnaround within three working days is guaranteed for short stories and within five working days for longer pieces.

Short story (up to 2,500 words): £45
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Medium story (2,500 – 5,000 words): £85
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Long story (5,000 – 10,000 words): £120
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Mini-Novella: (10,000 – 20,000 words): £150
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For work longer than 20,000 words, please email Melanie at editor.shooterlitmag@gmail.com to discuss pricing and turnaround time. Otherwise, please send work as .doc, .docx or .rtf files directly to her at the previous email address, and transfer the relevant payment via the PayPal links above.

Testimonials:

“The editors at Shooter are consummate professionals. They treated my short story with care and the final product was that much better for their editing. I’d happily send my work along for the extra polish and professional once over.” – Tiffany Michelle Brown, Arizona, US

“Melanie is a wonderful editor. She looks at the work in a way that the writer hasn’t and offers not only advice on what needs to be changed but the reason for the change as well.” – John Haas, Ontario, Canada

“Melanie edited a short story of mine ahead of publication in Shooter Literary Magazine. She was very thorough, picking up on various typographical errors and making helpful suggestions regarding sentence construction to improve the flow of the story. I agreed with pretty much all of her suggestions and felt the piece was stronger and clearer as a result of her input. Melanie was friendly and professional to deal with throughout.” – Rob Hawke, London, UK

“Melanie White was easy to work with, and she proved to have a keen eye for sharpening short stories.” – Cathy Adams, Sias International University, China

“Melanie White provided very specific suggestions for improving my short story, and, more importantly, was able to clearly articulate the logic behind her suggestions. I enjoyed working with her.” – Tom Weller, Indiana, US

“Melanie brings editing precision and heart to a manuscript, whittling away what doesn’t matter to reveal what does.” – Rebecca Huntington, Wyoming, US