Let me introduce myself . . .
My name is Amber Crafton, and I have worked off and on for the last ten years in substantive editing and copyediting. My experience ranges from technical documentation to fiction and nonfiction books, academic materials, and web content. I have a B.A. in English, a certificate in copyediting, and an understanding of storytelling and audience engagement, all of which make me an invaluable addition to any author’s team.
I absolutely believe in the power of the written word, and I adore the creativity, science, and art involved in editing. I have a passion for stories and believe that every one is important and deserves expression. Everyone writing is telling a story, and everything they write is part of that story, from fictional narratives to website content, professional communications, or product descriptions. My goal when approaching any manuscript or piece of copy is to find the story a client is trying to tell and ensure that it is the best possible version of itself.
I am dedicated to the potential of the project I’m working on, and my attention to detail in consistency, clarity, and accuracy is noted and appreciated by all of my clients. But I am also committed to my clients; they appreciate that I don’t just recommend what is right or best, but seek to contribute to the growth of their skill and craft by being ready and willing to explain why I’ve recommended a certain change or copyedited something a certain way. After all, a better writer makes a better manuscript that tells a better story and provides a better and richer reader experience. That starts by understanding and fighting for the preservation and success of the author’s voice, style, and goals both long term and for the current manuscript under revision.
My clients regularly note that after working with me, they don’t emerge with just a better manuscript but with a positive editing experience, an invaluable author-editor relationship, and an enhanced ability to effectively tell their stories and pursue their goals.