Your writing already has a light inside of it. Courtney Diles Writing & Editing Services can help you make sure it shines through.
For authors, I offer encouragement reviews, mental health sensitivity reads, proofreading, developmental editing, copy editing, and ghost writing.
For other businesses, I offer technical writing services, technical editing, proofreading, style guide consultation, grant and proposal services, and content creation in the form of blogs and articles.
A Bit About Me
I have fourteen years of publishing industry experience dating back to 2008. I started going to writing conventions when I was in high school because I wanted to be the next Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. Instead, books became an inextricable part of my career. I'll take it. I still specialize in fantasy, paranormal romance, and YA lit!
I have nine years of experience in the more technical side of writing. I have offered quality assurance, proofreading, and technical writing and editing services to companies such as GP Strategies Corporation, Amatrol, inc., Talentopia, EPAM Systems, Bank of America, Gulfstream Aerospace Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance, and more.
August 2012 – Present
August 2014 – March 2019
I got a three-sentence email that changed my life! My time as an Editorial Intern with Penguin Random House (just Random House then) illuminated a world of possibilities. I went back to the University of South Carolina for my senior year of college and graduated with a degree in English Composition.
I immediately began freelancing. I started on Elance, which became oDesk, which became Upwork. I scored #1 out of 100,00 test-takers on one of the oDesk proofreading tests. I acquired Rising Talent status. I found more business through networking and word-of-mouth. Most of all, I worked with clients I loved creating stories that would move thousands of people.
The world of elearning caught my eye and I started work as a Content Developer for GP Strategies Coporation! Long before the pandemic, I was thrown into the world of MOOCs, ILTs, and simulations. Manuals and job aids were also favorites of mine. After several years on quality assurance duty, I caught a love for writing technical content and proposals, and these became part of my freelance practice.
Today I independently offer writing and editing services for businesses and authors. Please explore to determine if I'm a fit for your needs!
Have We Met?
If I look familiar, you might have seen me around.
Conferences, Workshops, & Conventions
Southeastern Writer's Association Conference 2008–2013 (St. Simon's Island, GA—I got married here!)
South Carolina Writer's Workshop Conference 2008–2015
GenCon 2017, 2018, 2019 (Indianapolis, IN)
BookExpo America 2012 (NYC
Basics of Self-Publishing Writing Workshop with Robert Kent 2016 (Indianapolis, IN)
MadCap Writing Cross-Culturally Retreat 2018 (Nashville, TN)
Elements of Grantwriting with Clarence Bolden 2019 (Indianapolis, IN)
Imaginarium Convention 2018, 2019, and 2020 (Lousiville, KY)
Southeastern Writer's Association
South Carolina Writer's Workshop Rock Hill Critique Group 2009
South Carolina Writer's Workshop Columbia II Critique Group 2009-2013
South Carolina Writer's Workshop Board 2013-2015
- NaNoWriMo Bloomington!
- Louisville Writer's Meetup 2017-2022
- Society of Children's Book Writer's and Editors 2010–2016
Critique Groups & Other Writerly Affiliations
Services for Authors
Services for Businesses
I specialize in working with subject matter experts and distilling raw information into clear and compelling content. My portfolio is coming soon.
Copyediting and Proofreading
Across my 12-year career, I have provided copyediting, proofreading, and quality assurance services to EPAM Systems, Amatrol, inc., Gulfstream Aerospace Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance, GP Strategies Corporation, Penguin Random House, and more.
I specialize in editing content for clarity and creating consistent style, formatting, and branding across learning solutions, marketing materials, and technical documentation.
Style Guide Creation
I provide consulting services to business wishing to create stylistic consistency across their marketing materials, learning solutions, or documentation.
Grants and Proposals
I have a passion for applying my storytelling skills to the business world in terms fo grant applications, technical proposals, legal proposals, and award submissions. This portfolio is coming soon.
Blogs and Articles
I have 12 years of experience creating blogs and articles, specializing in book reviews and mental health advocacy. My portfolio is coming soon.
Encouragement and positivity
Any type of review will come with at least two pages of analysis of your story's existing strengths (and what opportunities they offer you). As a writer facing down revisions, it's important to what you already doing right so you don't end up sacrificing the gold with the rubble.
My rates fall within the median range put forth by the Editorial Freelancer's Association and below the median ranges found on Reedsy. The maximum cost for any combination of developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, and mental health sensitivity review is $.02 per word.
Tailored to Your Goals
My editorial style changes on your ideal path to publication, the audiences you wish to reach, and the emotions and effects you wish to evoke within your story. If you have a message to send out into the world, I want to make sure it's loud and clear—and positioned on a mountaintop.
Attention to Detail
There's a time and a place for perfectionism, and editing is one of them. I have extensive experience in proofreading all types of writing—and I have a keen eye for creating consistent characteristics of characters and the world around them.