Hello, NAIWE community and clients!
I’m Aime Sund, a freelance editor and proofreader. My business, Red Leaf Word Services, offers all levels of editing, manuscript critiques, and proofreading for fiction authors, and also for nonfiction writers in plant-related topics. If you write fantasy or many of its subgenres, YA, paranormal, steampunk, historical fiction and mystery, and even some contemporary fiction, I’d love to work with you!
Fiction editing grew out of my love of reading and the magic of the experiences reading creates. I have been a devotee of epic fantasy since I was twelve or so, and have expanded into historical fiction and steampunk in the past decade. I write fantasy as Eleanorah Starr with my blog series The Collection of Huphaea at The Sun, a Book, and a Dog. These ongoing episodes form the foundation for the alternate world of Ereth, where the novels that beg to be let out of my head take place.
The nonfiction writers I work with appreciate that at the core, I am a true plant nerd. There are no facts about plants not worth knowing. I have over 25 years of experience as a horticulturist to draw on, and I continue to get my hands dirty on a weekly basis during the New England growing season.
My family has a small working farm where I grew up and where I still reside. Plants and growing have been in my blood since day one. That has expanded to include cows, sheep, chickens, and turkeys along with my dogs. Plenty to be busy with!
I’ve spent this year honing my skills with courses from The Editorial Freelancers Association. These programs are taught by well-respected editing professionals in a hands-on manner. Their feedback is invaluable, it has been a pleasure to learn from those with so much experience.
I approach editing with partnership in mind, using the tagline of “Collaboration cultivates drafts into gold” as a way to express the cultivation and alchemy inherent in the editing process. Both of those acts seek to take a state and transform it into one higher, into something better. I work with clients toward a common goal—publishing the best possible version of their words, ideas, drafts, and manuscripts.
I am on social media platforms as Red Leaf Word Services. I’d love to connect with other members and possible clients there! You can also find out more about me at www.redleafwords.com.
Thanks for reading!