Brooke Brannon is a fiction writer and editor with experience in journalism, cloud computing, and freelance marketing communications. Her goal as an editor is to clarify a writer’s voice and ideas so that they have maximum impact on the writer’s audience. She prides herself on keeping the editing process positive so that writers feel upbeat about their work, rather than beaten down.
Experience: As a freelancer, she has written and edited corporate newsletters, video scripts, and training materials for clients including SAP, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Concur, Financial Transmission Network, Inc. (FTNI), Point B Consulting, and the Society for Information Management (SIM). She helps clients turn highly technical materials into compelling, readable stories that command an audience’s attention.
She has also provided beta reading services to novelists including Jennifer Crusie and Eileen Cook. She is currently working on a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Brooke is well versed in the AP Style Guide and the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Ed., the Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications, and AWS corporate style.
Services offered: Brooke does developmental and line editing of both fiction and nonfiction, and offers discounts to emerging and BIPOC/LGBTQ+ authors. Rates are in line with the EFA’s standard rates. She offers manuscript evaluation, ghost writing, and nonfiction/corporate scriptwriting/editing as well.
She is particularly skilled at tightening prose that might otherwise overwhelm the reader, and actively enjoys rewriting content. Her philosophy is that the writing must serve the reader. Cutting away the extraneous–killing your darlings, in other words–results in clear, crisp writing that’s sure to hit the mark. Brooke can make that process productive rather than painful.
Years in the field: 32
Years freelancing: 5