James L.
Puerto VallartaMexico
100% Job Success

Fiction & Non-Fiction Editor and Ghostwriter

Don't let my location fool you. I'm an American expat living a wonderful life in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, but my language skills are firmly routed in American English. I find writing and editing on my laptop at a private deserted beach the perfect environment for my creativity and concentration. My freelance work focuses primarily on two areas: (1) complete editing and formatting services for both fiction and non-fiction books and (2) writing fiction and non-fiction, with a particular interest in ghostwriting autobiographies. As an editor, I love the process of starting with a critical read of a book and capturing its developmental needs and then moving on to the more technical side of the structure, grammar, and extensive proofreading. Finally, as with any jewel that has been cut, I do a final polish to make it perfect. I have clients all over the world, from Sweden, Italy, Japan, the UK, Australia, and, yes, the United States. I edit and write in American, British, and Australian English and totally understand the differences in grammar, usage, and slang. I also am skilled at working with authors whose native language is NOT English and have translated their work but need additional editing to make it sound more natural. Although I may be a relative “newbie” to Upwork, I have over 15 years of experience as a professional writer, editor & proofreader. I promise you complete accuracy, timely delivery, and a critical editing eye. My writing partners find my honesty and communication skills key to a great collaboration. My current and recent writing and editing projects include a Netflix Biopic about a notorious London entrepreneur, a political satire novel, a murder mystery novel, several articles for CNN and USA Today, two novels in the fantasy genre, an economic dissertation, a Tolkien type fantasy by a Swedish author. With over fifteen years in the industry, my clientele often commend my unwavering honesty and effective communication. My portfolio? It's as diverse as a CEO's perspective on design, a wanderlust-filled memoir of Latin America, to sci-fi adventures in distant galaxies. The stories I cherish the most? Ghostwriting for a U.S. Senator, recounting the life of a WWII refugee turned successful entrepreneur, and weaving a transformative self-help manuscript on being your best self. "My only regret in having James ghostwrite my biography is that I couldn't give him credit for it -- it has been a huge success for me"... Richard P. "As my editor, he took my fledgling novel and polished it into a diamond now in my very happy publisher's hands." ... Tony G. Contact me today. The best way to start any writing project is for me to have the chance to chat with you before we even begin. I would love an opportunity to show you how I can meet and surpass the needs of this opportunity.
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