Sandy Sullivan

Sandy Sullivan
Ivywild Editing and Writing Services LLC

My business, Ivywild Editing and Writing Services, works with indie authors, book publishers, and artists/arts organizations to shape or polish effective and engaging prose.

For Indie Authors

For fiction writers, I offer substantive editing and line editing to help you sort out plot tangles, ensure character consistency, and make your manuscript sing. For nonfiction writers and subject matter experts, I can help with structure, transitions, and phrasing clarity in your book or article, as well as point out areas that might need more development or documentation. For all writers, I offer copyediting services to correct grammar, syntax, and continuity.

For Publishers

I offer line editing, copyediting, and proofreading services on fiction and nonfiction texts. I am fluent in The Chicago Manual of Style and MLA style. For fiction publishers, I have particular experience with mystery, young adult, fantasy, and literary titles. I know the ins and outs of dialogue punctuation and have a sharp eye for character and plot continuity. For nonfiction publishers, I have particular experience with New Age and self-help titles ranging from first-person reminiscences to carefully researched books. Also, as a PhD and former teacher, I have analyzed academic texts and am well versed in the broader context of scholarly writing.

For Artists and Arts Organizations

If you need assistance with grant writing, I’m skilled at shaping proposal narratives that appeal to funders by efficiently telling the story and illustrating the value of programs seeking support. I can also help you craft inviting and down-to-earth promotional text designed to expand your audience or membership.

“Sandy Sullivan is not only a top-notch editor, she’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with.”
— Darci Hannah, author of Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies and Cherry Scones & Broken Bones

Editing Services: Copyediting, Developmental editing, Line editing, Proofreading, Series, Substantive
Writing Services: Ghostwriting, Grant writing, Rewriting
Other Services: Fact-checking, Manuscript critique, Research
Subjects: Fiction, nonfiction, academia, nonprofits, arts, publishing, current events, animals, sports, travel
Fiction Genres: Action/adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Memoir, Mystery, Mythology, Poetry, Science fiction, Self-help
Nonfiction Genres: Academic, Autobiography and memoir, Creative nonfiction, Essay, Self-help, Textbooks, Travel
Age Levels: Middle grade, Young adult, Adult
End Products: Books, articles, grant proposals, newsletters, web content, news releases, educational and instructional materials
Style Manuals: American Psychological Association (APA), Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), Modern Language Association (MLA)
Software: Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Google Docs, Microsoft Word
Other Memberships: Editorial Freelancers Association