Ivywild Editing and Writing offers copyediting, proofreading, and substantive editing services to independent authors and book publishers. I also provide grant writing/editing and storytelling assistance to artists and nonprofit organizations.
As a professional editor since 1998, I’ve enjoyed working with a variety of authors and clients to develop and perfect their books, articles, and proposals. Whether you are looking for a light copyedit or thoughtful feedback on the structure and flow of your text, I would love to hear from you!
A BIT ABOUT ME
Experienced editor and grant writer
After earning my PhD in English, I spent five years as communications manager and grant writer/editor for an arts nonprofit. I later worked for over a decade as a book editor, on both fiction and nonfiction titles, for a midsize publishing company. I'm passionate about the power of the written word and the rhythm, grace, and wit that make for good communication. I look forward to working with you or your organization to shape or polish your text.
SERVICES FOR INDIE AUTHORS (FICTION AND NONFICTION)
Do you have a rough draft, a revised draft, or a carefully developed manuscript? Contact me to discuss what type of editing might be most beneficial for you.
For fiction writers, I offer substantive editing and line editing to help you sort out plot tangles, ensure character consistency, and make your manuscript sing.
For nonfiction writers and subject matter experts, I can help with structure, transitions, and phrasing clarity in your book or article, as well as point out areas that might need more development or documentation.
For all writers, I offer copyediting services to correct grammar, syntax, and continuity.
SERVICES FOR PUBLISHERS (FICTION AND NONFICTION)
If you are a publisher or book packager, I offer line editing, copyediting, and proofreading services on fiction and nonfiction texts. I am fluent in The Chicago Manual of Style and MLA style.
For fiction publishers, I have particular experience with mystery, young adult, fantasy, and literary titles. I know the ins and outs of dialogue punctuation and have a sharp eye for character and plot continuity.
For nonfiction publishers, I have particular experience with New Age and self-help titles ranging from first-person reminiscences to carefully researched books. Also, as a PhD and former teacher, I have analyzed academic texts and am well versed in the broader context of scholarly writing.
SERVICES FOR ARTISTS AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (GRANT WRITING AND EDITING, STORYTELLING)
Do you or your organization need a grant writer? Or editor? (Or co-writer, or ghostwriter, or some combination thereof?) I'm skilled at shaping proposal narratives that appeal to funders by efficiently telling the story and illustrating the value of programs seeking support. I can also help you craft engaging and down-to-earth promotional text designed to expand your audience or membership.
"Sandy Sullivan is a writer’s ultimate safety net, catching everything from the typos inexplicably missed on every pass, to timeline and structural issues that might prove fatal. Her capable attention helps transform a manuscript into the book it’s meant to be. I count myself fortunate to have worked with her."