In addition to teaching, I have years of experience as a freelance editor and writing and development coach. My services include coaching, manuscript evaluations, developmental editing, line editing, copy editing for books and other writing projects, and query letter review. Past and current projects include novels, memoirs, other nonfiction, poetry, and children’s books. It would be my pleasure to help with other writing endeavors as well. We can work together over email, snail mail, phone, Skype or FaceTime, or over coffee if you happen to be in northern Michigan.
I have collaborated with writers of all experience levels, from those who are new to the publishing world to those with several books to their name. I work on an hourly basis or for a flat rate, depending on the project. Please contact me for a quote and more information.
“The challenge of editing my forthcoming memoir The Light Seller fell into the capable hands of Tanya Muzumdar. It was my first manuscript and was written with little concept of the elements of good story telling. Undaunted, Tanya took me by the hand and patiently led me down a path that resulted in a book that is far more compelling than what was originally written. And, in addition to her developmental skills, she can take a sentence or a paragraph and through some small change in wording or placement make the writing so much better. Working with her has been both gratifying and a great education.”
—David W. Swanson, author of the forthcoming memoir The Light Seller
“Tanya Muzumdar was one of two editors I worked with on my fiction novel Operation Light Switch, a Foreword Reviews Finalist for Independent Book of the Year. I was so pleased with her work that Tanya was the only editor I used for my newly-published third novel, Before the Snow Flies. Knowledgeable, prompt, thorough, and a joy to work with, she makes my manuscripts sparkle. I already look forward to collaborating with her on my next project.”
—John Wemlinger, author of Winter's Bloom, Operation Light Switch, and Before the Snow Flies
“Tanya provided focused, experienced, and nuanced help as we worked together to proofread my first novel. Because of the book's unusual format as a modern epistolary novel—with emails, court reports, police files, and other documentation—the proofreading project was more complicated than working with straight narrative text. I appreciated Tanya's professional approach to every page.”
—Martha Gershun, author of Care & Custody: A Novel of Three Children at Risk
“I had the pleasure to work with Tanya in editing my upcoming book, The Monks’ Cross. She is one of the sharpest editors I’ve had the privilege to work with. She has a keen and insightful eye for detail. As a published poet, she brings to the table the extra attention to each choice of word and phrase in your manuscript. If you want a polished manuscript at a reasonable fee, you should definitely hire Tanya.”
—Michael Conlon, author of Looper: A Coming of Age Novel