Do you remember that one kid in high school? She was the one you’d ask to look over your papers before you turned them in, because she was fluent in grammar and knew how to spell triskaidekaphobia without looking it up. She always had her nose stuck in a book, when she wasn’t getting straight As in English class. And then you graduated, went your separate ways. Do you ever wonder what happened to her?
Meet Mae South. Mae was that one kid, helping out her friends, while they split a delicious pizza. (It also helped that her father was a magazine editor, who taught her all the tricks and liked extra cheese.) When she got to college, the papers got longer (but more interesting), and Mae was able to hone her craft. She did notice, however, that the pizza wasn’t as good. After graduation, she held a number of different jobs that all required proofreading of some sort, including being an assistant to C-level executives; she was even a Subtitle and Closed-Captions Editor for a time, and once she had a steady paycheck, the pizza got much better.
It is now her greatest joy to help independently- and self-published fiction authors bring a polish and a shine to their manuscripts.
You’ve been through your manuscript a hundred million times. So has your favorite aunt, who has a degree in English. All you need now is that one last set of eyes to make sure you caught everything before you put your baby in front of a publisher, an agent, or Gasp! the general public.
With Extra Toppings
- All technical style decisions are based on the Chicago Manual of Style, but also with deepest respect to the author’s voice.
- Mae believes in the Oxford comma.
- As a fellow writer, Mae likes to know when/where a reader reacts to what she wrote. Unless you specify otherwise, Mae will drop in notes to let you know some of her stronger reactions to your story.