Monday, September 29, 2014

Publish Your Words Like a Pro

Hello! My name is Valerie Utton and I have one of the best jobs in the world. I help people transform their knowledge, ideas, and/or expertise into words on a page so they can be shared with the rest of the world. It could be in any written format, including books in print, Kindle, eBooks, PDFs, blog posts, special reports, website copy, etc.

I’ve always been a writer, and I’ve always loved editing; but it wasn’t until I started content editing a few years ago that I felt like I’d found a place to call home. Content editing is more involved than traditional copy editing. I don’t just check for punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure. I make sure an author’s work (whether it’s fiction or non-fiction) has both structure and continuity, that it flows, and that it reads logically and easily regardless of how complicated the topic is. If an author has trouble writing, I coach them and their skills. If asked, I can do the writing too.

I also help by making sure all the necessary information is there. It’s a funny thing, but sometimes when people write, they think they’ve said everything when they haven’t. Sometimes things get left out because the author believes their reader already has all the necessary prerequisite information. Other times it’s because an author knows their topic so well that they don’t realize they’ve skipped over ideas, thoughts, and information a reader needs to make sense of what they’re reading. Either way, I make sure it’s all there—every piece of information a reader needs to enjoy their journey with the author.

The background I bring to the table is diverse. I have a Masters in Education, worked 20 years in Social Services, was a Certified Professional Tennis Instructor for 20 years, authored the book Letters of Apology, and have been a life coach, a speaker, and a workshop instructor.

I love content editing, and I love working with people who are ready to take the plunge and start getting their words down on the page to teach, to share, or to entertain. If you have questions, or are trying to figure out how to start getting your words down on paper (or keyboard) I’d be happy to help. You can email me at, and you can read my blog posts on the 29th of each month.

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