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Writing & Editing Services

I accept a limited number of clients in need of assistance with their projects.

Services include:

Manuscript First Aid

Technical Troubleshooting

Creative Writing Course

Academic Writing Lessons


Review the information about my services via the links and then contact me about the type(s) of services you may be interested in. It helps me to have the following information so that we can determine what services you need and I can offer an accurate quote for your project.


  1. What type(s) of services do you anticipate needing? (manuscript first aid, technical troubleshooting, ghostwriting, creative writing course, academic tutoring)
  2. Identify your project type. (article(s), essay(s), short story, manuscript)
  3. Are you writing fiction or non-fiction?
  4. If you have a pre-existing draft what is the word count of project?
  5. Do you have a deadline for completion?

Email me at sandramruttan@yahoo.com and let me know the answers to the five questions above and any specific questions you may have. I can provide a quote for the project costs, answer your questions and we can determine if we’re ready to proceed.


Why should you hire me? I had my first newspaper column at the age of 13 and went on to study journalism, communication theory and special education in college. My work experience has included tutoring or providing editing services to over 900 clients on a variety of projects ranging from college essays to articles to manuscripts.


I’ve also had numerous articles, short stories, interviews, reviews and manuscripts published. Although I have done some self-publishing, I have an agent and have had four novels traditionally published and available in bookstores. Two of my novels were translated into Japanese.


Why does this matter to you? I’ve worked as an editor and as a writer. I’ve been on both sides of the equation, so I understand the challenges that writers face and the focus the editors have. I’ve also worked with professional content editors, copy editors, line editors and typesetters as a writer, so I understand what their roles are and where they fit into publishing. When I work with a writer on a manuscript or as a tutor I provide first-hand information from the publishing world and can explain the process of publication, the pros and cons of finding an agent and how to develop an effective query letter.


What type of feedback have I received from clients?

I’ve had many compliments.

From Jose:

I never do this, but you have been so much help I really wanted to thank you so much! I really appreciate all the dedication you have given my work. I will start working on these suggestions. I just feel like I really needed to thank you personally. You are awesome!

From Bernice:

Thank you so much for your feedback, I will definitely consider all your advice.

From Victoria:

Thank you very much for all of the feedback and careful review. This was a very hard project to write and I wanted to do my very best in doing so. I believe this topic touches a lot of lives and I do agree that most people don’t want to openly share their experiences. For me I know I am selective about who I share my past with because I don’t want people to view me differently. Also I know that some people simply won’t understand my past. But again thank you very much for all the help.

From Krystal:

Thank you so much for your time and for really helping me!!!! You do not know how much I appreciated it! All tutors should be like you… (I) recommend you.

From Jean:

Aloha Sandra,

I would like to thank you for a very helpful critique and guide on my work. You are the best! Thank You.

From Mitch:

I have been struggling with this for months and you just put your finger right on the problem and solved it. Thank you!


See my bio page for more information about me. Also, note the following short list of some shout-outs and interviews and check out the FAQ page for more information:


James Oswald

Julia Buckley

Jeff VanderMeer

Peter Rozovsky

Out of the Gutter

The Rap Sheet

Jess Lourey

Lesa’s Book Critiques

Declan Burke

Bouchercon 2008


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