"Erin is the editor authors dream to meet but seldom do. She is thorough, knowledgeable, and intuitive. Her gifted ability to polish our language and punctuation is like adding jewelry to that little black dress. Her professional touch naturally makes the written word sparkle."

—Jo Ann Glimm

Dot and Dash Services

I help women author-entrepreneurs on their publishing journeys.

Open Book

I offer a range of copy editing packages so you can get the exact type and level of editing you want. My specialties are women's fiction, romance, young adult, and nonfiction for business, but I have edited just about every genre and subgenre you can imagine. Plus, I offer a free five-page sample edit so you can get a feel for my editing style. Click here to learn more about my editing packages.

COPY EDITING

Book Stack

Developmental Editing and Manuscript Evaluations take a big-picture view of your manuscript and focus on analyzing the major factors, such as plot structure and pacing, point of view, and characterization and character arcs. Click here to learn more about these options.

MANUSCRIPT EVALUATIONS

With author coaching (also known as "book coaching" and "writing coaching"), I help writers through all phases of book writing. With a mix of worksheets and one-on-one education, I help authors plan their novels and start chapter one. Then when there are any writer's blocks or need for accountability help, I'll be there. Click here to learn how I can help you.

AUTHOR COACHING

To attract an audience, it's vital authors make sure they are providing the best information in the best way. I review author websites, Amazon author pages, and social media profiles. Then I create a report with action steps you can take right away to leverage your online presence and get you and your book in front of readers and in their feeds.

AUTHOR PLATFORM REVIEW

Are you looking for a speaker, panelist, or workshop presenter for your conference, class, or writing group? I speak about writing, the writing life, book editing, publishing, and social media, and I'm eager to discuss how I can help your group.

SPEAKING & TRAINING

About Erin Servais

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I have worked in book publishing for more than a decade, first as a copy editor and copywriter and  then as an author coach. In that time, I have developed specialties in women's fiction, romance, young adult, and business nonfiction, but I have helped to bring hundreds of titles to publication, including romance books that went on to be USA Today and Amazon best sellers and other award-winning titles. I have worked with a Big Five publisher and a major children’s publisher, but my favorite experiences have been helping women author-entrepreneurs who self-publish their manuscripts. I find inspiration in their independence, drive, and ingenuity and am happy that many clients go on to become my friends.

 

These writers report that I’m friendly and easy to work with, and many of my positive reviews come from compassion being a vital component of my editing process. I give constructive feedback and teach authors how to improve their books, but I do it without ego, putting us on equal levels. I give the books, and the people who penned them, both the care and respect they deserve.

 

When I’m not working on exciting manuscripts, I run social media campaigns for a local veterinary clinic, blog about grammar, and send snail mail to my pen pals. I live with my husband, our two cats, and our odd-shaped dog in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dot and Dash serves independent women author-entrepreneurs through positive-minded and collaborative book editing and coaching to empower them to meet their writing and publishing dreams. 

—Erin Servais

Founder, Dot and Dash LLC

"Erin is the editor authors dream to meet but seldom do. She is thorough, knowledgeable, and intuitive. Her gifted ability to polish our language and punctuation is like adding jewelry to that little black dress. Her professional touch naturally makes the written word sparkle."

—Jo Ann Glim

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“ Her attention to detail and ability to be honest makes the process fluid. Any creative project requires an objective eye, and Erin has that. Working with her makes me feel a lot less alone through the process of attempting to get published.”

—Hina Ansari

 

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