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Editing and Writing
In a sense, the interviews are just the beginning. Once they are completed, our editor spends many hours crafting the transcripts into an easy-to-read, engaging, and error-free narrative that retains the storyteller’s voice and character. In most cases, the storyteller speaks directly to the reader in the first person. The editor ensures that the manuscript breathes emotions and feeling and is rich in detail.
In many cases a project will require additional writingfor example, to incorporate some background research. Our writer is an expert at shaping this material so that the tone and style are consistent with the existing narrative.
Often a client will choose to write his or her own life story and then submit it to us for review or editing. Our editor then performs two roles.
First, he acts as a representative of the audience—a “first reader.” Then he make the story clear, understandable, and reader-friendly. He also presents the writer in the best possible light by ensuring that the manuscript is polished and error-free.

To fulfill these roles, we offer a full range of editorial services. These include: developmental,substantive, and stylistic editing; copyediting; and proofreading.

"Without Philip's help, I could never have written and published my memoirs. Not only is the finished product much better than I ever could have imagined, but the whole process was very rewarding. Philip and his team are professional in every sense of the word, and I benefited first hand from his intuitive editing skills - his ability to rearrange a passage with skill and subtlety without sacrificing anything of the narrative. And all done with a lightness and humour that makes working together pure fun.

"He also taught me the satisfaction of discipline and deadlines! Now that the book is completed, there will be a sad silence at 10.00 p.m., when we had most of our working conversations - I'm a night owl and that's my prime time! Thank you, dear Philip!"

- Joyce Bryant, CM, BEM, author of Slender Threads.


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Read More... provides a broad range of services in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. These include freelance editor, freelance writer, ghost writer, publication design, book design, personal historian, transcription services, memoirs, family history, corporate history, life stories, biographies, autobiographies. Lifewriters is a member of the Association of Personal Historians and the Editors' Association of Canada.