I create beautifully designed and written books.
As your editor I help you turn your story into a book by meeting you wherever you are on your writing journey and taking you through a personalised editing process.
Whether the book is a collection of memories that you want as a keepsake for you and your loved ones or whether it is your message for the world and you want it published, every book I create is stunningly unique.
Use your book to promote and share your message with the masses or use it to reflect on your life and pass down wisdom to future generations.
Does this sound familiar?
You are excited by all the writing you’ve done so far but overwhelmed at the thought of organising it into chapters that make sense.
Your friends and family have told you many times that you should write a book, but you’ve held off, waiting (and hoping!) to meet someone who can guide you through the process.
You’ve written a book and now need an editor and publisher to get it onto shelves.
You have an important message for the world but don’t know how to start sharing it with those who need it the most.
You’ve lived a fascinating life and don’t want to be forgotten.
You are enjoying your final chapter and want to preserve the value, impact and memories of all the lives you’ve touched.
She dived into my writing with me, empowering me with her emotional touch and her clear vision about how a story can inspire and impact readers. – Hanna, Brazil
Edit & Revise
This is editing by the hour where I help you write the right words. I edit websites, emails, blogs, newsletters, stories, essays, reports and articles. Any words that you want to use to get your message into your reader’s mind, I edit.
Create & Connect
A stunningly designed book portraying your life. Custom made.
Imagine your favourite childhood memories, favourite travels and favourite people all together in one place. This collation can include written memories, photographs, poems, recipes, anecdotes, life highlights and lowlights. It’s not intended for publishing, but rather it’s a collection of memories that preserves history and passes down wisdom. A gift that keeps giving.
Write & Publish
I help you become an author by editing and publishing your book. One on one sessions that focus on writing support, editing and publishing. This is where the magic happens. I turn your vision of becoming an author into a reality.
Creating beautifully designed and written books for others is one of my favourite things to do. Whether it is a collection of memories that you want as a keepsake, or a published book full of life lessons you’ve gathered on your journey that helps and inspires others, every book is unique and deserves to shine.
I’ve been writing and collating books for many years, starting with my own compilations as a child, on which I would happily spend hours drawing and colouring before presenting it as a birthday gift to a lucky sibling.
Years later, in my engineering career, I built a successful business writing, editing and collating technical reports and feasibility studies for international mining companies.
I recognised a need that people have to “fit all the pieces together” using information from many sources to create an integrated, cohesive, collection of words, ideas and pictures to tell their story. Beautifully.
I take you from ‘idea’ to ‘author.’
Questions You May Have
Q: My elderly parent is a wonderful storyteller and I would love to capture all his/her memories. Can I give your editing services as a gift to him/her?
A: Certainly. The ‘Create and Connect” service is designed with this in mind. I love to create books that reflect all the unique facets of someone’s life story.
Q: I’m not able to type my story. Can I provide it in another format?
A: Absolutely. You can record your story on a voice recording and I will transcribe it for you and edit it. Alternatively, I can meet with you in person (depending on where you live) and record it for you.
Q: English is not my first language, can I still write a book in English?
A: Of course. I have worked with many authors who have English as a second (or third!) language and the writing/editing experience I provide is always supportive of maintaining the uniqueness of your story and making it shine.
Q: My story is very personal and I want to make sure it’s authenticity is maintained.
A: I offer an emotionally safe space while listening and editing without judgement. I intuitively grasp the situation and capture the underlying feelings you want to share.
Q: Is there a limit to the number of photos I can include in my book?
A: You can include as many photos, poems, letters and art pieces as you choose to enhance your story.
Q: I only have hard copies of my photos and art. How will these be included in my book?
A: Hard copies are carefully hand scanned by a photo restoration specialist. The scanned copies are used in your book.
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What People Say
Magical Way of Pulling Out Emotions
“What can I say about working with Alex Blake, I was nervous as it was my first book and I had no idea what to expect in an editor. My story was very personal, and I knew that many friends, family and clients would be reading it. Alex was the perfect mix of supportive, detailed and professional and had a magical way of pulling out my emotions and helping me to work them into my story. I am forever grateful to have been connected with Alex and to have her as part of my first book, which was a national best seller in 8 countries! Looking forward to working with you on my next book Alex! You are a gift to your profession.“ – Andrea Harrison, Canada
Time and Space to Blossom
“Alex Blake was my first introduction to the editing side of publication. I remember being nervous and hesitant about letting anyone read my story but from our first introduction I knew I was in good hands. Alex has a way with people, she creates a time and space just for them to blossom. When we got down to work, she was caring, insightful, efficient, while always working to keep my vision a priority. I look forward to working with Alex on many projects to come.” – Shannon Bliss, Canada
Safe and Understood
“Writing your story in a foreign language can be difficult and intimidating, and it is therefore uttermost important that you feel safe and understood when having your text edited.
Alex provides that safe feeling, yet with a very professional editing.” – Tina Lunde, Denmark
Power to Uncover Stories
“I was fortunate enough to meet and work with Alex Blake as my editing teacher and mentor. Alex had the power to uncover my stories in an unbelievable way! She not only understood to perfection what I wanted to express in my stories, but she is also an amazingly talented writer, with a heart and a personality so warm, one opens up unapologetically to her. Alex earned my trust, professional admiration and love right there & then! Thank you, dear Alex, you are a very talented writer and a very special person!” – Claudia Patricia Pérez Delgado, Colombia
Nurturing, Yet Constructive
“Working with Alex on editing my book was such a beautiful journey. Alex held me with so much love, compassion and understanding. She was able to hold a safe space for me to honor my vulnerability and gave so much reverence to my writing process. She supported me in a way that was nurturing, yet constructive. She held my hand in times where giving up felt like it was the road I wanted to take, but she led me down a different path and motivated me to stay connected to my truth and my purpose. I’m so grateful for the experience that I had in being held by Alex in my writing process, anyone would be lucky to be supported by this angel.” – Lauren Cuthbert, Australia
Gentle and Powerful Magic Touch
“As a first-time writer the prospect of an editorial review was somewhat daunting, but I really needn’t have worried. Alex put me instantly at ease and proceeded to work, with me, through my manuscript with great care, understanding, empathy and creative strength. The time we spent together was invaluable and critical in helping me to craft my message so it can speak to my readers with clarity, emotion, integrity and sincerity. After working together, I felt so confident that I know I will be coming back to Alex soon with my next manuscript for her gentle, yet powerful, magic touch.” – Tracy Stone, United Kingdom
Understanding the Essence
“Working with Alex was enlightening and uplifting. Alex’s engagement allowed me to feel I had been on to something big when creating my story and having a profound impact on our readers. Her flair for words and understanding the essence of what I wished to get across was well worth the time and energy spent. She took any trepidations I may have had with the unexpected to truly being there alongside me very supportive. I am very grateful for her time and talents and wouldn’t hesitate to have her edit my next story! Thank you so much Alex for having this become a wonderful expansion of this leg of the journey!” – Karen Rudolf, United States
Inspire and Impact Readers
“Alex is a sensitive, heart driven and at the same time practical and strategic contributor. She dove into my writings with me, empowering me with her emotional touch and her clear vision about how a story can inspire and impact readers. Besides mastering the art of writing, she is an excellent coach and made me see much more in myself than I ever saw as an author.” – Hanna Meirelles, Brazil