Please note: as of December 2017, I AM available for new editing jobs.
Please read the below information and contact me if you are interested — I prefer to book jobs well in advance!
A few of the comments I’ve gotten about my editing over the years, from most recent to furthest back:
Leona is one of those editors who’s good at making you sound more like your more erudite self, the one who speaks skillfully for your own interests in your good dreams. She pays attention to the tone and context of your writing, honors your voice, and still makes improvements to your writing. After review with her, you’ll find out you just sound more like your best self. She’s great!
Leona Wisoker provided a thorough and enthusiastic reading and edit of my manuscript. Her evident love for the genre as well as her keen eye for detail shone through on every page. I’d be happy to let her review my next project and plan to do so!
For exceptional attention to grammar and formatting, with an eagle-eye for those often hard to find typos that permeate an eclectic anthology, I can highly recommend, without hesitation, the proofreading services of Leona Wisoker.
Michael H. Hanson, Managing Editor, Copper Dog Publishing
Leona is a top editor and proof-reader. Anyone that can go into a full, book-length project, and in less than a week find numerous errors, things missed by not only the author, the publisher, but also the publisher’s long-time proof-reader, is a person of considerable skills. In a world where one of the overwhelmingly consistent complaints from the public is the amount of mistakes they can find in the books and magazines being produced today, this woman is a considerable asset that any publisher overlooks at their peril.
C.J. Henderson, author of Brooklyn Knight and many other tales
Leona has edited multiple columns for me. She has an excellent sense of not only grammar and structure, but of audience-appropriate communication. She has a rare understanding of the truth that the smoother the flow of writing, the easier people get something out of it.
Leona knows her job and executes every little editorial detail with the utmost care, and meticulous commitment. Her knowledge and expertise in international editing and formatting protocols is vast and professional. The happy result of her work on a book is not only added value for the finished product, but also greater confidence for the authors and the publishing houses. I recommend, wholeheartedly and without reservation, Leona Wisoker’s highly professional editorial skills to all interested authors and publishers anywhere in the world.
C.B. Peter, Publisher, Zapf Chancery (Research Consultants and Publishers), Kenya
Leona helped me see an old manuscript with new eyes. She’s insightful, cuts right to the chase, and sometimes gives a few examples to show how to do something differently. A great editor.
Theresa Crater, author of “Under the Stone Paw” and “Beneath the Hallowed Hill”
My love is all for conceptual & content editing. Technical editing is not my strong suit, so if you need help with grammar and punctuation, you want someone else. I can suggest names and provide an introduction!
The first 1,000 words of any editing job are free. That’s right–I will give the first thousand words you send me a free editing treatment, just as though you were paying me for the job. If you like my style, my suggestions, my ideas, then we’ll talk price. If you don’t–just tell me what didn’t suit you about my editing, so that I can learn from it in the future, and we’re quits.
Now, obviously, there’s a limit to how low I can go on an editing job price–I do have bills, like everyone here. Please take a look at the Editorial Freelancer’s Association web site; I normally won’t be too far off the higher end of that suggested price.
If that doesn’t put you into sticker shock, here are the steps to follow:
FIRST, send me a query letter, just as though you were applying for an agent or an editor. If your project sounds like a good fit for me, I’ll ask for the first thousand words.
AFTER I’ve returned the free editing sample, and we’ve agreed on a contract, I normally ask for half down up front. I work with flat fees, not by the hour, and I madly overestimate the time the job should take, to account for Life Happenings. I’ll bill you for the remainder when I’m done with the job, and once that payment clears my bank, the edited MS heads for your inbox.
IF YOU’RE BROKE: I will work with writers on a tight budget. Here are the options:
* Read Through and Summarized Feedback/Comments: This is a one time payment that covers just what it sounds like. I read the whole project, make broad notes about items and patterns that need to be addressed, and send you a summary of what I see. No line editing, no detailed comments; this option involves stuff like “watch out for switching PoV mid-paragraph” and “More detail on setting throughout”.
* Split Into 4 Payments: The first payment covers read through and summarized feedback/comments. The next three payments cover the editing.
Cancellation options will be detailed in the contract. As a general rule, payment is non refundable unless you’ve paid the entire amount up front.
Barter options: In rare instances, I’m willing to swap work–plumbing and/or electrical work, for instance, is always deeply valuable to me. (Please note the rare instances part…)