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None of the ideas inside your head do you any good
until you get them out of there.

Are you making excuses?

Start your book.

Finish that article.

Fill your website with great content. 

Rewrite your resume.

Hire a writer and editor to make it happen.

Content Creation + Editing

So you have this great idea—maybe about your life, your business or your solution to something that ails the world—but you need a nudge to make it a reality. That's where I come in.

Your goal is to get your story out of your head and onto a page. My goal is to make your story sing.

Let's do it together. Meet Zoey.

 
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Services

Content Creation & Editing

CONTENT CREATION

Best for: When you need your written words to connect with your market. You know generally what you want to say, but you're not sure how to say it. Work with a writer through a conversational interview process to create the content, or start with current content and take it to the next level. Includes outlining, multiple drafts and changes, copy-editing. 

COPY EDITING

Best for: Brochures, magazines, newsletters, website and the like. Ensuring your words read naturally and professionally, and are free from typos and grammar, usage or punctuation errors.

Books & Ghostwriting

SUBSTANTIVE EDITING

Best for: When you have your completed manuscript and it needs some love to really make it sing, including: refining your voice, removing jargon, restructuring, ensuring logical storytelling and more.

STYLISTIC EDITING

Best for: You've got a manuscript but it needs some refinement before publishing or submission to publishers, including: removing jargon, editing flow, tightening the prose, and more.

PROOFREADING

Best for: Putting the final grammar and punctuation touches on your completed, copy-edited manuscript.

CONTENT CREATION & GHOSTWRITING

Best for: You have a great idea for a book or eBook, but you need a professional touch to help you bring it to life, saving you time while ensuring your voice comes through in the writing. This full-service option takes your idea through a thorough outlining process to streamline the entire process, then uses guided interviews between the author and writer to create the content. The author and writer collaborate to create the first draft, and then proceed with editing to finesse the final manuscript.

ONE-STOP SELF-PUBLISHING SHOP

Best for: When you have an idea, want the services of a ghostwriter and want to self-publish a digital or physical book for sale or as promotional tool that knocks the socks off of a business card.
 

Curious about working together?

The nature of creative work means custom quoting for projects is essential. If you're interested in copy editing or content creation, please schedule a call with me using Acuity. I'd be delighted to speak with you!

Testimonials

Here's what some recent clients have to say about their experience with my work, plus evidence of the books out in the world as captured by client's social media feeds.

She was very open and honest and this dramatically improved our manuscript.
— David J. Finch, PhD, Mount Royal University

“With Designing YOU, we needed a copy editor who could provide a complete hard edit of our completed manuscript that blended both authors’ voices and spoke to our 18-24-year-old audience. While the book supports a university course, it couldn't sound like a lecture. Zoey completed extremely professional edits with an excellent eye for detail. She was very open and honest and this dramatically improved our manuscript. Most importantly, she was very responsive to our schedule. There is no question we will work with her again.”

David J. Finch, PhD
Co-Author, Designing YOU: Life Beyond Your Grades
Associate Professor, Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University

Services: Stylistic Editing

Download a sample of Designing YOU


Zoey was able to translate my work, understand my ideas and tell my stories in a way that made sense.
— Dennis Plintz, author of Hustle

“I had a rough 2-year draft of ‘Hustle,’ but man, oh man I needed some help. Not just help, but someone who could turn my free-flowing stream of thought, Siri notes and ‘outline’ into a book.

"Then I met Zoey. A true literary genius some might say. I prefer ‘writing Sherpa’! She was awesome at moving the project forward at just the right speed and level of talent required. Needless to say, I was beyond excited to hand the final project to clients, friends and family. Zoey was able to translate my work, understand my ideas and tell my stories in a way that made sense and connected with readers. I’ve had amazing feedback on ‘Hustle’ and look forward to continued collaboration with Zoey. Bring on the next book."

Dennis Plintz
Author, HUSTLE: A Guide to the Ethical Art of Selling & Survival

Services: Stylistic Editing, Substantive Editing, One-Stop Self-Publishing Shop


She truly listens and works hard to relay the subject’s voice.
— Kim Hayden, celebrity host & emcee

"Zoey Duncan came by referral to me as I enter the next stage in building my brand and public image. I have been encouraged for years to write a book. Easier said than done. I always felt daunted by the prospect of sitting down and where to start. Zoey has made this process feel seamless. She truly listens and works hard to relay the subject's voice. I am excited to get this first book finished and see where it leads me."

Kim Hayden, author of a forthcoming non-fiction title in 2017

Services: Outlining, book content creation


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I don’t know how Zoey got the story out of me.
— Dr. Norman S. Schachar, University of Calgary, author of The Department

Client: Department of Surgery, University of Calgary

The Department: A Surgeon's Memories... Before I Forget

Services: One-Stop Self-Publishing Shop, Co-Authoring


Books in the Wild

There's nothing like seeing a book you wrote out in the world. Here are a few examples of past projects as captured by clients' or my own social media.

Commit to yourself now: Book In

If you're serious about writing a book, commit to yourself with a complimentary one-on-one call with Zoey. 

About Zoey

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Zoey Duncan is an editor, writer and roller derby athlete. She fills those three roles with empathy, rigour and ferocity, all of which can leave quite a mark.

As an editor, Zoey is efficient and honest, though with enough tact that you won’t dread seeing her name pop up in your inbox. Her edits, combined with strategic meetings with a client, can transform pages of notes and the buds of ideas into a polished final product. When the client’s content is already out of the starting block, her edits focus on more powerful phrasing, logical idea progression and readability for the intended audience.

When it comes to creating a client’s content, Zoey approaches projects using skills from the newsroom, starting with interviews and research. Zoey believes every writing project can be improved with an outline and rough draft. She aims to make a client’s content feel familiar as if they’d written it themselves.

In her personal writing and social media, Zoey lets her personality glitter. She peppers her own work with wit and salts it with plenty of meaning without resorting to exclamation points and emoji. Mostly.

Zoey is a graduate of Mount Royal University’s Bachelor of Communication—Journalism program. Zoey sits on the board of the Calgary Roller Derby Association, mixes cocktails, takes many photos of her cat, and defends her fellow millennial cereal-haters.