Book Editing & Writing Services

For over ten years, Atalanta Creative has been providing writing, editing and design services to authors and publishers around the world, working in-house with Armida Books, the Cyprus PEN Centre, In Focus literary magazine, and Alasia Publications.

Our writing credits include clients such as: Garnet Publishing, Kindred Spirit, Paradigm Shift (UK); Ylandron Publications (Australia); RogersTV, OmniTV, CityTV, CIUT.FM, CFNY.FM, Q107.FM (Canada); University of Cyprus, Ministry of Education and Culture, CyBC (Cyprus).

Whether you’re looking for a publisher or planning to self-publish, you need an honest critique of your manuscript and professional editing. We will enhance your writing and provide commentary on your content, such as:

  • Memoirs – Biographies
  • Self-help books
  • New Age – Spirituality
  • How-to books
  • Business books
  • Product or service e-books/downloadables
  • Poetry
  • Short stories – Novels
  • Anthologies
  • Children’s


Proofreading & Copy Editing:  The copy editor corrects spelling, grammar, syntax, idioms and nuance.

Manuscript Assessment: The developmental editor evaluates copy, narrative structure, content organization, coherence, logic and consistency. Detailed notes are provided on the proposed scope of work; no changes are implemented. Clients may implement the changes themselves or work with the editor.

Developmental (Substantive) Editing: This is the most intensive form of editing because it re-shapes the manuscript as a whole, looking at structure, organization, coherence, logic, consistency and voice. Sentences, paragraphs and chapters may be moved, removed, added or expanded. The editor implements the changes proposed in the Manuscript Assessment, with client approval every step of the way.

Full Development/Ghostwriting: The ghostwriter/developmental editor develops the client’s book idea into a publishable manuscript. The process may include conducting interviews and research, or working from notes, drafts, outlines, audio-visual material, etc.

Original Artwork & Illustration: Our collaborating artists and illustrators create original artwork for book covers or illustrations (e.g. for children’s books).

HOW WE WORK: To ensure that the client and the editor, writer or designer are creatively aligned, work is done in stages. In publication design projects, the designer provides samples to the client for feedback and approval before completing the assignment. In editing/writing assignments, the work is done chapter by chapter.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? Since the needs of each manuscript are unique, cost depends on the agreed-upon scope of work. It is estimated based on word count for simple assignments such as proofreading and on the number of hours per page for complex assignments such as developmental editing.

HOW DO I GET AN ESTIMATE? Send us your manuscript and let’s discuss your needs and options! For example: A complex assignment such as developmental editing must begin with a manuscript assessment. Along with the editor’s notes, a list of improvement options is generated, ranging from the most thorough to the most minimal. Based on the option the client chooses, a sample chapter is edited in order to arrive at the average number of hours required.

PAYMENT TERMS: There are no contracts and work can be terminated at any time. Because clients receive complete work product at each stage must be paid in full before proceeding to the next, unless we have been hired through a platform such as Upwork or received a deposit.

Irena Joannides, Atalanta Creative’s principal writer/editor, has written for print, radio, television and film on a wide range of topics and genres (e.g. journalistic and creative writing, scripts/screenplays, radio/TV shows, marketing/advertising copy, press releases, pitches/proposals, presentations, product descriptions, blog posts, reviews). Her writing has been published in Europe, Canada and Australia by traditional publishers, and broadcast on Rogers TV, OmniTV, CityTV, CIUT.FM, CFNY.FM, Q107.FM, CyBC. She provides copy and content editing services to publishers, broadcasters, writers, websites, businesses, organizations, etc.

Irena Joannides’s can be hired through Upwork: