Editing Services
 
Do you wish you could find that one person who would read your writing, care about what you are trying to communicate, and have the skill and training to help you make it smooth and easy for others to read? Would you like to have it polished by someone who knows grammar rules and is able to pinpoint the problem areas and know what to do to fix them?
 
 Improve Your Writing Before Publication
Seize the Day Edits was established in early 2016 to provide copyediting services to writers. My goal is to help you make your work shine so it communicates your words to your readers in the most concise, clear, and coherent way while maintaining your unique voice. I have been called "The Encouraging Editor," and my aim is to live up to that description with every job.
 
Specialties:
 
  • Fiction and Nonfiction Editing
  • Web Editing
  • Manuscript Critiques
  • Proofreading
  • Substantive and Developmental Editing
  • Ghostwriting
  • Inspirational, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance, Medical Themes, Memoir, and General Fiction and Nonfiction
 
 
I will ensure your manuscript conforms to accepted rules of grammar using any of the style manuals required, and together we can bring your work to a publishable level. Whether you will self-publish or seek out a traditional publisher, a copyeditor is essential to hone and refine your work for the benefit of your readers. 
Your Work is Unique
Few people excel at every aspect of writing, and every manuscript benefits from having more than one set of eyes on it before it is published. You need not be embarrassed if you struggle with one aspect or another of communicating via the written word. I will work with you to ensure that your meaning is clear and your material is presented in the best possible way, maintaining your voice and focus. My aim is to instruct as I edit so that your weak skills will improve and your next manuscript will be better than your last. 
 

Testimonials

"Diana Grabau has provided invaluable insights in addition to accurate copy editing for my newly released book series, Landscapes of Mercy. Her attention to detail has been impressive, and no detail is too trivial to catch her discerning eye. Errors she has spared me from perpetuating in final copy include punctuation, grammar, geographic misspellings, misquotation of adages, medical inconsistencies, and improper word usage. At any stage where my discernment of her editorial comment was in question, she provided immediate clarification. Perhaps of greatest note is that her feedback maintains the realm of being encouraging, which facilitates the final edit process considerably.

 

If any writer is searching for a positive influence prior to having their manuscript set in print, I highly recommend Diana Grabau at Seize the Day Edits. You will find accuracy without acrimony in this working relationship, a rarity for such a critical professional filter."

 

 

Cindy M. Amos, Author and Nature Writer

Landscapes of Mercy Series

ACFW Member

"Diana Grabau edited my book Genesis One as a Rosetta Stone that explores the Big Bang theory and scripture. She took a technical, complex manuscript and made not only mechanical edits, but also many great improvements to enhance readability for the intended audience, even suggesting a small clarification to the title to more accurately convey the book's content. She has joined me to coauthor a historical fiction book on the life of Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, and Isaac Newton, and is adding attention to detail and depth of character to my story. I would highly recommend her editing services for either fiction or nonfiction." 

 

 

Martin Bartholow, PhD

"Diana edited my latest book and I am grateful for her contributions to the final product. Her accuracy was exactly what I desired in an editor. Not only did she uncover grammatical errors, she also provided useful suggestions regarding style, phrasing, and word choices.

Diana’s responsiveness was superb, despite the fact that we primarily communicated via email. She consistently made herself available to answer questions. Her turnaround time was exceptional. In fact, there was never an instance during the process when she didn’t exceed my expectations.

 

Diana’s positive and forthright demeanor makes her extremely easy to work with and as a result, I trust and value her opinion as my editor. I recommend Diana without reservation."  

Barbara Bras

She Who Knows No Fear: Another Tale of the Heart

Want a sample of your work edited? 

It can be hard to hand over your hard-earned cash if you're not sure how an editor can benefit you and your writing. I'm happy to provide a free two-page sample edit of your material so you can be comfortable knowing what we can accomplish together and how the process will work.  

Quote of the Month

"Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love and love what you write. The keyword is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for. 

~Ray Bradbury

 

Certificate in Copyediting

from

UCSD Extension

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