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Welcome to Writing Allsorts!

We love to help in any way we can but especially with writing, editing and proofreading. Pretty simple!

We’re an international organisation with offices in Blenheim, New Zealand and Bonita, California, USA.

Writing Allsorts is predominantly about writing, editing and proofreading but we’re business owners too. So we target two areas – corporate to small-medium businesses, and authors.

See our list of what we offer below…

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Business writing

We edit and proofread to ensure your writing is clear, tight and easily understood by your audience.

A list of what areas we can help you with can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Personal writing

Whether you’re an established author or a novice, we can help you polish your manuscript so that it’s ready for the next step whether your goal is to be traditionally published or self-published.

A list of the genres we edit and proofread can be found here.

Not sure what service you require – editing or proofreading – click here for definitions and our rates.

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Blog

Adding Visual Impact to Your Story – Part 1: Letting your scenes tell your story

As authors, we’re all taught to develop our story primarily through our characters. We’re taught to paint detailed descriptions of our characters, use conflict, flashbacks and other methods to let the reader form images. Images of our protagonist, our antagonist, our hero, their lover and our stories supporting cast. But what about other story elements? … Continue reading Adding Visual Impact to Your Story – Part 1: Letting your scenes tell your story

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Testimonials

I have just posted my completed manuscript off to the digital editor and in doing so, instead of being highly excited and jumping for joy, I experienced a deep emotional wrenching that had me crying into my hands. I wasn’t sure if it was because I was just exhausted from the nearly two-year process or it was because I was handing something precious, a part of my heart and soul to the world to pass judgement on. However, I did have the comfort in knowing that this manuscript was the best it could be and part of this I have to thank Writing Allsorts. Robyn and Bob completed the proofreading and the results were excellent, despite my requesting a very tight timeframe. They added suggestions, offered advice and most importantly, gave me support at a time when I was wobbly and losing confidence. I submitted a manuscript which looks professional, has been assessed by experts and I am one very gratified author.  Chris Stuart. “For Reasons of their Own.”

Shortly before my mom passed away, her and I had been talking about gathering all of her poems and writing a poetry book.  Once she passed, I was determined to finish the project but, couldn’t.  So, I put the project on a shelf and took a couple years to heal.  Finally, 5 years later, I finished the book.  I closed up my files and shut off the computer.  My “baby” was done.  Now what do I do?  Where do I turn?  I hadn’t a clue.

During this time, I had recently read a couple books by Bob Boze and he seemed to be, from his writings, a very down-to-earth, easily approachable person.  I took a leap of faith and sent him an email with a few basic questions.  It was the best email I’ve ever sent.  To say that he took the ball and rolled with it would be an understatement.  He was warm and kind and answered all my questions.  He then followed with a few questions for me about the book, my mother, my goals, etc. to enable him to help me more.

I will confess, I am not tech savvy, and I am sure there were times that Bob probably wanted to pull his hair out as I struggled to accomplish the simple tasks, he was asking me for.  The actual process of uploading the entire book to him even became a sideshow.  However, Bob patiently worked with me, taking me through the process step by step.

Wanting to self-publish should not mean wanting to go broke and in my first email from Bob he advised that you should never pay to be published.  I had received numerous quotes from companies willing to “publish” my book and some were in the thousands.  Bob broke down every aspect for me.  This included proofreading, editing, formatting, copyrights, back cover description, the interior design, uploading to Amazon and the beautiful front cover layout…I could go on and on.  He took the time to break down the costs and, all I can say is, the cost was beyond nominal.

I was so pleased with the finished product and the process that Bob and Writing Allsorts did, I actually told Bob, “You have made this process so painless that I am now ready to get to work on book two.”  Needless to say, I have already made my mind up to use Writing Allsorts again.  They did an excellent job!

Kim Aalaie, The Lady Veteran Has Her Say

Kim Aalaie

“Robyn’s editing skills greatly helped my manuscript, Halls of Ivy. She caught numerous errors that I otherwise would never have caught. Her invaluable changes in word choice and elimination of unnecessary and repetitive words helped improve the clarity and flow of my story immensely. I would recommend her editing skills to anyone looking to polish up their work ready for professional publishing.”

 

Lindsay Carlton