The Writer’s Dominatrix and other writing services

Textual Gratification Guaranteed

Need a firm edit? Call the Dominatrix! She’ll beat your commas and semicolons into line and whip that pesky grammar into shape. Dangling participles cut, run-on sentences disciplined, misplaced modifiers kicked into place, bad spelling spanked – she does it all, and she does it right, first time, every time.

The Dominatrix is an award-winning writer with years of experience in critique and an excellent command of grammar, vocabulary and punctuation. Whether you have two thousand words or two hundred thousand, fiction or non-fiction, she can handle it. Leather or latex, she’s firm but flexible and always kicks asterisk.

The Writer’s Dominatrix: all gain, no pain.

Read what others have to say about my work:

I’ve worked in publishing for 30 years, and Elizabeth Creith is easily one of the smartest readers I’ve ever met. When I give her a piece of my writing to look over, I know I’ll get back a clear-eyed, ultra-precise, no-holds-barred set of comments that hit the nail squarely on the head, every time…Elizabeth is one of my secret weapons.
Gordon Graham, award-winning writer and That White Paper Guy

Without your encouragement and attention to detail, “The Cheesemaker” would never have been published…You are kind and generous in your role as editor. Anyone lucky enough to have you as a proofreader and/or editor will end up with an improved story.
Anna Peerbolt

Five years ago I wrote a story called “An Almost Perfect Day” that I left unfinished. Recently I went back, and with the editorial assist of Elizabeth Creith, who’s a grammarian and punctuationista par excellence, I finalized the work for submission to a conference, for which I was accepted.
Lucinda Kempe

I was really stressed out about writing my statement of purpose as part of my application to graduate school. As an English major, I thought it would reflect poorly on me if my grammar was anything but impeccable. I had Elizabeth look over my statement of purpose before I sent it in, and not only did I get into graduate school, but they still have no idea that I’m grammatically challenged! I would highly recommend Elizabeth Creith’s proofreading services!
Dawn Allison

Elizabeth Creith has been a writing associate for over three years.  Her support and encouragement bolstered me through many rough drafts, and her editing and reviewing skills are impeccable.  It would be nearly impossible to find anyone else I trust so implicitly with my work, not just for grammar, spelling and punctuation, but also for her invaluable insights on theme, structure, and possible markets.
Autumn Humphrey

I offer three services: manuscript evaluation, proofreading and line-by-line editing.

Manuscript evaluation – one cent per word

This is a good first step if you’re not sure what your manuscript needs. I’d suggest it before you go to the expense of a line-by-line full-on edit, which I think is probably only useful when a manuscript is in its final stages.

I read your manuscript through and give you detailed, specific notes on things that I think need work. This can include character, setting, dialogue, voice, timeline, point-of-view, internal consistency, pacing, plausibility of events, all the requirements of a good story. I’ll let you know if there are grammar and syntax problems, but the line-by-line edit doesn’t come with evaluation.

For non-fiction, I’ll provide notes on where a lay person (me) might have problems with  the development of argument or thesis, the general accessibility of technical language, suggestions for additional information, or information which can be cut without loss. I’ll also let you know if there are grammar and syntax problems.

Proofreading – one cent per word

This covers spelling and punctuation, but not grammar.

Full-on line-by-line edit – two cents per word

This covers spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax, word use and sentence structure. If you want fact-checking included (did Robert Frost say “not with a bang but a whimper”? How does that poison work? Did clocks strike in the tenth century?) add another one cent per word.

Other services, such as proposals, pitch letters and indexing can also be added into the package.

Ghostwriting

Elizabeth is a delight to work with! Her prose is crisp and stinging (in the good way), getting to the heart of a matter deftly. She constantly meets or exceeds deadlines, more often than not better and faster than her editors!

I recommend her highly.

Jim Noonan, President, Jameson & Co.

Once upon a time there was someone with a story to tell, a theory to expound, a book to write – and somehow every time she tried to write down what she meant, it came out all wrong. How hard could writing be? You just think about what you want to say, line up the words in your head and march them down the pen, right? So why doesn’t it look and sound the way you want it to?

That’s where a ghostwriter, like me, comes in.

The truth is that writing is a skill, like painting, housebuilding, investment banking or website design. Someone who has devoted time and energy to learning the techniques and tools of the skill is going to do it better and quicker than someone with a do-it-yourself book and a lot of enthusiasm. (They won’t hit their thumbs with the hammer as often, either.)

You have the information, I have the skills. Together we can make your dream of a competed manuscript a reality.

I’ll work with you to make your book as good as it can be. Together we’ll find a style that’s right for what you want to say and how you want to say it.  Then I’ll craft a pitch letter to get the attention of an agent and, if your book is non-fiction, a proposal to help that agent sell your book to a publisher.

Rates depend on the length of the work and whether you want me to do research, or just to write from your information.

Proofreading for other projects

The spill chequer dozen get ever thing.  And theirs no guarantee that even correctly-spelled words are used in the write weigh. What, about? Punctuation!

What you need is a knowledgeable, attentive human reader. At one cent per word, I can be that reader. I’m familiar with Adobe 9.3, or I can work in a word-processor or on paper if you prefer.

Talk to me about everything from brochures to business websites, term papers to grad school applications, and every sort of fiction or non-fiction book. Rates higher for rush jobs.

For any service, email me at elizabeth.creith@bell.net.

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