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Dot and Dash

Expert Author Services for Women

Dot and Dash empowers writers through positive-minded and collaborative author services, giving you the trusted guidance you need to take your book from  outlines  and  ideas to  polished  and  published.

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CONTENT EDITING

Content Editing focuses on strengthening your book's foundation. Through reviews from the general, reader-focused Beta Read to the detailed analysis of the Developmental Edit, we'll tell you what's working and what you can improve to help you dream up a draft that shines.

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COPY EDITING

Copy editing dives into the nitty-gritty of your manuscript. Your editor will fix grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors so your book looks professional and smooth out clunky sentences and inconsistencies so it reads well too.

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AUTHOR COACHING

With Author Coaching, you get one-on-one support as you write your book. Whether you're looking for someone to talk you through your outline, give you notes on your first draft, or even make sure you're getting the words in, we're here for you.

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SENSITIVITY READING

Sensitivity Reading (also called "Authenticity Reading") is a manuscript evaluation that checks whether characters are portrayed with authenticity and respect and helps books avoid harmful stereotypes and problematic language in order to save you from future negative reviews 

Curious? Try us out for free.

 
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Erin Servais

Founder, Dot and Dash

Who We Are

Dot and Dash is a group of experienced, women publishing professionals with a desire to help other women get their voices heard and their books read. We hold certificates in editing and speak internationally to authors and other editors. Plus, we are published writers, so you can trust we know the writing process inside and out.

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What You Can Expect

At Dot and Dash, compassion and kindness are our core values, right along with precision and accuracy. You'll get high-quality work, and we'll treat you with respect. Don't worry—we won't make you feel bad if you use a semicolon in the wrong way. Plus, we'll be there, keeping you updated and answering your questions all along the way, and well beyond, because we care about the people who work with us. We'll do our best work possible so you can get your best book possible.

What Our Clients Are Saying

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I always joke that Erin Servais of Dot and Dash was the best thing I ever found on Twitter! As a USA Today best-selling author and a former book editor for New York Times, USA Today, and international best-selling authors, let's just say I am *super* picky about who edits my own books. But Erin is hands down the only editor I've found who knows her craft so precisely, but also understands and respects the writer's unique voice without losing it along the way. Erin is easy to work with, has an amazing gift, and is worth every single penny. 

C. M. Albert

USA Today and Amazon best seller

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It was very easy working with Erin, and she provided tremendous suggestions that made my novel, The Project, even stronger. Her editing style was exactly what I needed for my first book. Also, because of her helping me with my first fifty pages, I believe that made my opening pages stand out and why I was able to find a publisher!

Stacey Potter

Winner, Midwest Book Awards

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Erin is not only an inspiring, encouraging, and badass woman, she is also an incredible editor who was extremely thorough and in depth. She noticed things I would have never seen and her report blew my mind. She turned my mess into a masterpiece. She is truly one of a kind!

Alisha Perkins

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Erin did an edit of my YA novel and provided excellent feedback. Her explanations were clear about both the things that were working and the things that were not, and she gave constructive comments about how passages could be better. On top of all that, she is a consummate professional with regard to deadlines and communication. I will definitely use her again.

Jay Montville

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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

Winner, Royal Palm Literary Award

I purchased the Dot and Dash Beta Read, and it was one of the best choices I made for my writing. The Dusty Garden is my first women’s fiction novel. I wanted feedback from a professional who specialized in the genre. I could not be happier with the results. The report I received went into detail about where to improve and what to keep. This service saved me from months of frustration and time on my first revision. I looked at it as an affordable investment that will save me money when I send it to an editor. Jacquelynn did an amazing job. I plan on staying with Dot and Dash throughout all my editing needs.

Lisa Coy

Dot and Dash, LLC, provides a sturdy rudder in the seas of self-doubt and procrastination that afflict the life of a writer.
Holly Augustine

Your edits make me a better writer. Your feedback is invaluable to my writing. I know what to focus on next after every conversation, and each step gets me more knowledge, confidence, and inspiration! Thank you!
Erin Mandell

OH MY GOSH! OH MY GOSH! OH MY GOSH! I literally have tears in my eyes! I am BEYOND, just, oh my gosh, EVERYTHING. You are absolutely what I needed and didn't know I needed.

Sheila Bliss 

Contact Us
Interested in a free sample edit? Or would you like a quote? We'll be happy to hear from you.

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