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Embers Igniting Editing

Begin with a Spark.
End with a Blaze.

We are an editing service whose goal is to partner with writers, to focus on the process of writing by helping authors improve their craft, and to foster and promote a community of writers who are seeking to refine their work.

Services

Foundational Edit

We read your story and provide a report analyzing its general strengths and areas for improvement regarding character, plot, style, language, etc.

Structural Edit

We edit the “story” of your manuscript. We edit for plot, character, setting, etc. All the things that make a story a story.

Line Edit

We edit the “language” of your manuscript. Language includes the various elements, such as writing style, syntax, point-of-view, grammar and spelling, etc. that you use to tell your story.

Proofread

We edit your completed manuscript for grammar and spelling only. We make sure you don’t break grammar rules, and if you do, that they’re broken skillfully and intentionally.

Free Sample Edit

We’ll provide a structural edit, line edit, or proofread of the first 1,000 words of works that are at least 30,000 words in length.

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Embracing Imperfection: How to Silence Writer’s Imposter Syndrome

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Embracing Imperfection: How to Silence Writer’s Imposter Syndrome By Melissa Burnham You sit at your computer, staring at a blank screen. There are no words-not on the page and not […]

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Rebel with a Clause: Seven Grammar Rules You Should Break By Madeleine Mozley I have a love/hate relationship with American English grammatical conventions. By and large, I love and enforce […]

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Editing 101: What is a Structural Edit?

By Melissa Burnham | April 29, 2024

Editing 101: What is a Structural Edit? By Melissa Burnham In his book on developmental editing, Scott Norton compares fiction to a dream. The goal is to be able to […]

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What to Do with Perfectionism

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What to Do with Perfectionism By Rachelle Clifford I am not a perfectionist. Really, I may be the furthest thing from one. Once I’ve achieved “good enough,” I’m ready to […]

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10 Ways to Identify Your Writing Style By Madeleine Mozley When I studied writing in college, there was never a lesson about voice. Setting? Check. Character? Yep. Plot? You bet. […]

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English is Nonsensical

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English is Nonsensical By Tracy Jones Sometimes people have no excuse for grammatical mistakes. But let’s face it, sometimes English grammar just doesn’t make sense. Take the word ‘nonsensical’ for […]

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The 4 Facets of World Building

By Rachelle Clifford | April 14, 2019

The 4 Facets of World-Building By Rachelle Clifford As a reader and writer of other world genres (i.e., fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism), I am all too aware of the pain […]

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6 Pitfalls to Avoid When Creating Characters

By Tracy Jones | April 13, 2019

6 Pitfalls to Avoid When Creating Characters By Tracy Jones Characters are the lifeblood of stories because of their ability to connect to the reader. You can have the most […]

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Travel as a Writing Exercise

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Travel as a Writing Exercise By Melissa Burnham Travel is filled with inspiration for writers. What better way to spark an idea than seeing and experiencing so many new things […]

"Working with the editors was an incredibly gratifying experience. Though we collaborated for a short non-fiction piece, every exchange grew me as a writer, whether it was due to insightful feedback or sincere encouragement. I highly recommend their services for any length of work."

~Jonathan B.

"Having worked with the Embers Igniting team on two separate projects, I have seen in action how they can take a story and make it sparkle and shine. They brought out elements in my short stories that needed attention, and then worked with me on correcting those areas. The entire process was creative and collaborative, and I always felt like they respected my heart and vision. I’m positive my stories are far better because of the attention and care the Embers Igniting team gave them."

~Mary Beth D.

"The copy editing notes that Embers Igniting  gave to my story that they published in their literary magazine were incredibly insightful; they found logical inconsistencies that I'd consistently missed. The editors at Embers Igniting  have a very sharp eye."

~Benjamin S.

Embers Igniting helped make my middle-grade chapter book shine! They are brilliant professionals who understand and truly care about good storytelling. Their meticulous and constructive line editing and proofreading services truly made all the difference. And I now have a polished, publication-ready final draft to show for it!”

~Teko B.

“My experience with Embers Igniting was empowering from start to finish. Editor Melissa Blakely read my creative nonfiction manuscript with compassion and an exacting editorial gaze. She was generous with both praise and constructive criticism and gave me many concrete suggestions to improve my narrative arc and the overall impact of my book. With an eye for detail, Melissa's comments were spot-on, and she delivered her feedback promptly. I'd be proud to work with Embers Igniting again, and I hope to soon.”

~Kate M.