Hanifa Deen (Award winning non-fiction author)
Felicity Young (Popular crime fiction author)
Patricia O'Neill (Popular historical fiction author)
Peter Williams (Popular crime fiction author)
T.W. Lawless (Popular crime fiction author)
Lesley Maxwell (Health & fitness guru & author)
Rosemary Macindoe (Creative thinker, writer and artist)
Homes & Living Magazine
Department of Agriculture WA
Perth Writers Festival
State Literature Office WA
Victorian Writers Centre
Christine Nagel Literary Services offers editing, publishing project management, manuscript assessment, and writers' professional development courses.
A professional manuscript assessment may be just the thing to overcome your first-book-blues. You may find that the feedback we provide is just what you need to set you on the path to publication — find out if you have what it takes to get into print!
Editing is an essential part of the writing process to bring your work up to a professional industry standard and spot any errors that you, as the creator, can no longer see.
With digital printing advances, it has become much more affordable to have your own family history, poetry, novel or life story published privately. This can be a daunting task for writers with no publishing know-how, but with over 20 years' professional experience in publishing, we can manage your project from editing your manuscript to supplying file ready for your designer or e-book publisher.
Christine Nagel, BA, is a senior editor with over 30 years' experience in the publishing industry. After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree (in creative and professional writing, English literature, and philosophy), she worked as an in-house writer and editor in the private and public sectors for 10 years. Christine started her own editorial consultancy in 1993.
Christine aims to assist writers develop their work to professional levels to boost their chances of finding commercial publishers, and to help self-publishing authors bring their works into paper or digital print.
Assessments are designed to assist aspiring writers or those working in an unfamiliar genre to develop skills and improve the publishability of their work.
The assessment service provides:
• a selected editing of the work
• a thorough reading
• a fully detailed written critique
Most types of manuscript can be assessed, including, non-fiction, memoir, biography, fiction, children's stories, poetry, and self-help works.
Aspects of the writing’s strengths and weaknesses, technical advice, characters, construction, plot, dialogue, style and points of view are discussed with, where possible, some suggestions that the author might like to consider to improve the work.
The commercial viability of the work is also considered, taking into account current market trends and publishers’ requirements.
Two options for assessments are available:
short manuscript assessment of up to 10,000 words
full manuscript assessment service
Both options include a full written report from a professional assessor. Our assessors are experienced professional editors and published writers.
All manuscripts should be submitted according to our guidelines. See our 'How to submit' page.
Editing services are available for all genres.
Structural/substantive editing offers suggestions for substantial reorganisation to aid logical flow and readability, in consultation with the author. This is a ‘macro’ style of editing that looks at the overall composition of the manuscript.
Line editing is copy editing on steroids. It does more than correct grammar and spelling, etc. and offers rewriting or suggests additions or deletions to improve the flow and readability of the work.
Copyediting corrects spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and syntax. This is a ‘micro’ edit that deals with the ‘mechanical’ aspects of the work.
Proofreading happens after the final copy edit and typesetting, and just before the work is sent to the printer or e-publisher, to ensure the work is ready to go. This is the last chance to correct any errors or to take in any last-minute changes before printing.
Estimates for each service are individually calculated, as each manuscript is unique.
Only electronic copy is accepted for editing services.
Many possibilities exist to have your family history, memoir or poetry collection (for example) put into book form where commercial publishing options are not viable.
This option is funded entirely by the author but the process can be confusing to inexperienced self-publishers.
Our project management services can take a manuscript through to publication, including manuscript editing, proof reading, legal requirements, ISB numbering, and lodgement of library copies.
We can also format your manuscript ready for your designer to typeset, and provide a comprehensive design brief for the designer.
Rates for this service will depend on many variables and a consultation should be arranged to explore the available choices.
Distribution and sales services are not offered.
As an indie author, over the past several years I have very much appreciated and enjoyed the absolute professionalism of 'my' editor Christine Nagel, as I strive to develop a best selling crime/adventure series of novels. During the editorial process of the first book Tracks to Exile and editing the second novel Tracks of the Purple Camel, I have learned so much thanks to the expertise and at times brutal honesty of Chris. Chris tells it like it is and I have learned to accept her world view and direct critical appreciation of my draft manuscripts. At the same time, as the author, I can argue the appropriateness of this passage or that until we both are satisfied that it adds to the storyline. As I move on to book eight of my series, I look forward to continuing my literary relationship with Christine Nagel, certain that in the end, the product that results is as good as it possibly could be.
Rosemary Macindoe is a creative thinker, a writer and artist.
The Toorak Jackpot is the first comic novella I wrote to pay tribute to my late parents; Jock and Diana. Jock spent his life living in Toorak and served in the Australian Army in the 2nd World War. I had so much fun writing it I am about to sit down and write another novella. This one is called The Parkville Crackpot, and will be about Parkville in Melbourne, Australia. I very much enjoyed working with Christine who I found flexible, supportive and thorough. I would highly recommend Christine as an editor.
Fitness guru and author of Training to Train, plus many fitness related articles.
Christine Nagel is a true professional in her field. We seemed to gel straight away as she always has a knack of understanding and helping me portray exactly what I want in my writing. Christine has a great sense of humour plus a sixth sense as she sometimes just knows when to call or message me. Christine has amazing writing skills and is easy to work with. I have other projects I’m working on and will be delighted and have no hesitation to work with Christine in the future.
Author of A Certain Malice, An Easeful Death, Harum Scarum, Take Out, A Dissection of Murder, Antidote to Murder, The Anatomy of Death, The Scent of Murder , Tooth and Claw (pending).
Available from bookstores
'Without Christine Nagel's mentoring, assessment and editing skills I would probably never have been given my first break in the publishing world. She has helped me in varying degrees with every manuscript since.'
Author of Caravanserai, Broken Bangles, On the Trail of Taslima, The Jihad Seminar.
'Christine Nagel is a consummate professional who understands all facets of the publishing industry: manuscript assessment, editing and production. Emerging writers especially would find her professional services, advice and mentoring invaluable. She is highly respected by those of us working in the field.'
Author of the Dreaming Billabong series
'With Christine Nagel, I found an editor I could trust, and I turned Billabong Ghost over to her.
Shortly after publishing, following a clean edit by Christine Nagel, Billabong Ghost entered the Kindle top-100 list in its genre and it has stayed there consistently, three weeks later.
I often read that authors need to engage an editor to work on their manuscript. I disagree. I believe you need to engage a qualified editor, and that is not the same thing; nor is it easy to find one in this era of online business where almost anyone can call themselves an editor—not all of them will be of the standard a writer demands for their work. I tried more than half a dozen editors before finding Christine and, following a sample edit, I knew I could trust her to take over from me for that important final edit. Her work saved me time and gave me the confidence to stop rewriting and accept my manuscript was completed: something I could not do on my own.'
Patricia L. O’Neill
Author of Her Majesty the King, The Horus Throne, The Eye of Re.
Available from bookstores.
'No one can whip a writer into shape faster than Christine Nagel. Her skills as an editor and manuscript assessor are top-notch, but what really shines is her ability to define a writer’s goals and then show how to attain them. She has a very keen instinct for what is commercially viable—and what is not.
I began working with Christine nearly twenty years ago when I was a raw novice bursting with ideas and a lot of hot air. Within the writers’ group that Christine mentored, she helped my style and technique to mature, but most importantly, she showed us all what it meant to be a writer. Under her guidance, my writing began to win awards and sell. With her encouragement and advice, my debut novel, Her Majesty the King, won the 2008 NSW Writers’ Centre Genre Fiction Award, launching me into a successful career as a novelist and science writer.'
Author of Homecountry
'A big thank you to Christine Nagel for making the editing process as painless as possible. She helped me turn my first novel, Homecountry, from an optimistic, unfit amateur into a fit, hard-hitting heavyweight.'
Author of Liberation—Breaking the Chains to Survival and Freedom
'Christine Nagel's editing services not only corrected my project in all aspects of punctuation and grammar, but also added an extra level of professionalism I needed to publish my book. Christine completely transformed my work to be something of a masterpiece that I am now incredibly proud of.
Keeping all lines of communication open through the entire process was so important to me for the best possible outcome that now has become an incredible book.
Thank you, Christine, for sharing your talent, dedication and skills for my project. I am really looking forward to working with you again on my next book!'