Marie has edited for spirituality publishers and studied world religions. She can find ways to make your book unique while adhering to standards of the genre in terms of audience expectations. She knows what the publishing world expects in a good book regarding spiritual content, based on her acquisitions and production experience. She has read broadly in many spiritual arenas, from Christianity to paganism to native traditions as well as Eastern religions.
Spirituality books edited
Danny Ariyo, The Power of the Cross, The Last Revival Ministries, 2018.
Erny Sarkany, Our Pathways to Eternal Life. WestBowPress, 2016.
Ji Hyang Padma, Living the Season: Zen Practice for Transformative Times. Quest Theosophical Society 2013.
Thom Van Dooren, Ly de Angeles, Emma Restall Orr, Pagan Visions for a Sustainable Future. Llewellyn Worldwide 2005.
Tau Malachi, Living Gnosis: A Practical Guide to Gnostic Christianity. Llewellyn Worldwide 2005.
Mark McElroy, I Ching for Beginners. Llewellyn Worldwide 2005.
Dianne Sylvan, A Body Sacred. Llewellyn Worldwide 2005.
Isidora Forrest, Offering to Isis: Knowing the Goddess Through Her Sacred Symbols. Llewellyn Worldwide 2005.
Spirituality editing testimonials
“From start to finish Marie was absolutely amazing! She delivered exactly what was promised and then some. The finished copy of my manuscript looks flawless. Marie was a pleasure to work with and I would definitely work with her again.” – (Author info on file with network)
“I appreciated Marie’s timely responses and reasonable service prices. She was able to point out several areas where idea development was needed, as well as provide a basic skeleton for copy editing.” – (Author info on file with network)
In self-help or how-to writing, Marie can make sure the instructive voice is consistent. Authorship is everything in this genre, and she’ll help emphasize your unique expertise. She will offer organizational tips and best practices based on her experience working for a publisher in this category.
Self-Help/How-To titles edited
John Desautels, The Inner Guru. Independent 2016.
Maria Bucaro, Love Your Body Now. Independent 2013.
Dana Sitar, A Writer’s Bucket List. DIY Writing 2013.
Matti Korhonen, Goalie Force Success Guide. Independent 2013.
Alex Black, The 24-Hour Transformation. Independent 2013.
Alex Black, The Acne Solution. Independent 2013.
Alex Black, Obesity Crisis, Independent 2013.
Richard Webster, Color Magic for Beginners. Llewellyn Worldwide 2006.
Self-Help/How-To editing testimonials
“I would like to thank my editor, Marie Valentine, for her sharp eye and many helpful comments. My implementation of her suggestions has greatly improved the overall structure of the book.” – John Desautels, author of A Prophetic Dreamer’s Reflections on Life
“I have known Marie for years, and we have worked together on multiple projects. Her hard work and creative spirit have always been an inspiration to me. Her love for language/writing/editing are clear, and she turns that into enthusiastic and insightful contributions to a project.” – Dana Sitar, author of A Writer’s Bucket List
A post from Marie on taking your expertise from blog to book
In memoir and creative nonfiction writing, Marie can see where more descriptions are needed. She will spot inconsistencies in setting or spelling of key terms. She may find missing details an author does not realize they’ve passed over, being so close to the work. She edits and reads broadly in the genre, from memoirs of celebrities to historical biographies to stories of addiction and mental illness.
Danette Mondou, My Time with Meta Given. Independent 2018.
John Desautels, A Prophetic Dreamer’s Reflections on Life. Independent 2017.
Clifford Stearns, Life in the Marble Palace. Friesen Press 2016.
Lori Hart Beninger, An Ordinary Tragedy: A Memoir of Crimes and Shattered Lives. On Track Publishing 2016.
Gary Mancuso: The Last Places on Earth: Journeys in Our Disappearing World. Great Lands Publishing Co. 2014.
Grace Hernandez, I Know You’re in There: A Memoir of Loss, Healing, Farming. Balboa Press 2014.
W T Gillespie, Aikido in Japan and The Way Less Traveled. Budoka Books 2014.
Dana Sitar, Welcome to the Shit Show. Smashwords 2011.
Memoir editing testimonials
“This woman is outstanding!” – the Honorable Clifford B. Stearns, former U.S. Congressman and nonfiction author of Life in the Marble Palace
“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your feedback, the edits and your future offer of help. I really enjoyed your feedback. Thank you for the work, it was very professional and has made the words flow like butter.” – Danette Mondou, author of My Time with Meta Given
A post from Marie on writing family memoirs
Marie has experience with the current trends in the news industry. She has worked as a writer and editor of a web magazine on information technology, business intelligence, data management, and project management. Her daily interactions with business leaders inform her work on local business blogs and workforce development publications. Trust her to attend to your text with a confident aptitude whatever the domain: print, ebook, or web publishing.
Business titles edited
Various authors, New Trends in GUI. SendPoints 2018.
BizInsights sponsored content for BizTimes Media, 2017-present.
STUFF made and built in Wisconsin – Contributing Editor, 2017-present.
Information Management, infomgmt.com – Senior Editor, 2005-2011.
Sudipto Majumdar, Bittersweet Lessons of a Startup Guy. Independent 2014.
Klaus Tumuscheit, Projects and How to Survive Them. Ebooklaunch 2013.
Business & technical editing testimonials
“Marie Valentine has an eye for detail and a flair for originality in highly technical writing. It’s no mistake that she was the final oversight for many submissions of news, features, commentary and informational pieces in her years at Information Management magazine and website. Marie is a consistently curious reader and a stylistically solid editor, and she is an excellent, timely communicator of those unique skills. As she introduced me to the niche writing world of business intelligence, Marie passed on to me and others important daily writing insight and content resources, with both patience and grace. There is no editing or writing opportunity in which I would doubt Marie’s capabilities.” – Justin Kern, writer and former colleague at Information Management
“Marie displays both an administrative flexibility and the ability to meet unforeseen challenges, as well as a real capacity for making the editorial interventions that discriminates between true quality and mere excess. The vast array of projects she has taken on over the years stands as evidence of her willingness to experiment with new possibilities. The projects that Marie has tackled are successful and fully-realized. Hers are not fragmentary pipe dreams but rather complete visions. That these efforts of hers often involve working collectively, adjusting to various personalities, and coordinating disparate groups of writers and artists, is an even greater testament to the depth of her ability. This unique combination of vision, dedication, and focus is what I have valued in my work with her, and it is precisely what I believe makes Marie an adept communications professional.” – Andrew Knighton, professor of English, California State University Los Angeles (former colleague at Visual Art Critics Union of Minnesota)
“I have worked with Marie as a freelancer, and I’ve seen her jump to challenges, adapt to change, carry out difficult goals, and help our publication distinguish itself. I was particularly impressed when I had an idea for a different way to tackle an old concept. I bounced the idea off Marie, and she made it work. She accepts feedback extremely well, and in a way that encourages a dialogue. You won’t go wrong with her.” – Diane Bacha, Publisher at Kalmbach Publishing Co. (former General Manager of MKE, A Journal Communications publication)
“Marie is an enthusiastic, dependable and conscientious employee who would be a great addition to any project.” – Jean Schauer, former Editor in Chief at the BeyeNETWORK
“Marie brings a creative mind and love of nature to everything she does. I really like her focused approach to work and her ability to get things done well and in a timely manner. She is very energetic, earning her masters degree while working full time, and a loyal, dependable member of the team.” – Mary Jo Nott, Editorial Director at Bloor Group
As a practicing poet, Marie offers a sensitivity to poem writing that will allow for your own personal style. She welcomes experimentation and enjoys wordplay and absurdist humor. Her experience with poetic writing gives her flexibility as well as an ear for rhyme, rhythm, alliteration and assonance. Marie’s keen poetic perception will pick up the nuance of layered meanings in your work, and her suggestions will help you best arrange your lines visually on the page.
Poetry titles edited
Josh Handville, Internalize. Independent 2018.
Mariam Rauf, When Anxiety Met PTSD. Independent 2018.
James Schindler, The Best Damn Poems You Never Read. Independent 2015.
Kelsey Hoff, Sad Girl Poems. Independent 2014.
Wes Tank, Girlcrazy. Remedy Ink 2012.
Edited collection, Phraseology. Remedy Ink 2010.
Poetry editing testimonials
“I was extremely satisfied with the quality of the services I received. Marie not only took great interest in my book but provided me with appropriate corrections and useful suggestions as well. I used most of the suggestions she offered me to tighten up the text of my book. I was extremely satisfied with the cost of the service in terms of value. Not only was Marie submitting work to me before my deadline, but she did so in a manner which showed she had put time and effort into my book. Internalize, my book of poetry, is a piece of my soul, and Marie seemed to understand that wholeheartedly. To me, that’s priceless. Marie was prompt and timely when it came time to answer any of my questions. I was admittedly concerned about how interactions between an editor through email would pan out, especially since this is my first book. Marie made all those initial concerns disappear and that alone was worth the price. When I came across Marie, I had a good feeling about her. I saw she had experience with poetry, which automatically made me interested in hiring her. However, there was also a feeling that she was a very down-to-Earth person and was fully capable of helping me tighten up my manuscript. I’m glad that gut feeling of mine was correct in that assumption!” – Joshua Handville, poet
“Marie, I can neither tell you how thankful I am to you nor express how delighted I was to see your email. I kept editing the manuscript as per your suggestions every day. This morning I finally completed it, and I am extremely thankful to you for going through it so patiently, sending it back so quickly and providing so many inputs and encouragement. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Every time I’d read this email or a comment about the tone and what you liked and what could be better, this book became more of a reality. Thank you for being part of the best part of my story, for having faith in it and tying the ribbon, for being so kind and conveying such warmth. May you always shine and light up lives like this.” – Mariam Rauf, poet
“Marie Valentine has edited three books I have written and we have co-edited several short-run chapbooks. Her keen intellect, critical eye for good writing and ability to process large amounts of complicated text in a short period of make her a valuable asset. Marie is impressively well-read and has been tremendous to collaborate with due to the broad range of literature which encompasses the breadth of her interest. I would highly recommend her in the areas of editing, proofreading, writing, analytical critique and inspirational encouragement.” – Wes Tank, writer, musician, and filmmaker
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