Editegrity \ e-də-ˈte-grə-tē \ noun: editing with integrity True to your words.
You’ve done the hard work and written a book. You want your writing to be clear, the story to flow, and the punctuation to be perfect. What’s the next step? All writers benefit from a pair of experienced and expert eyes to make the writing stronger. That’s what I can do for you.
A Small Piece of the Big Picture
I read the first three chapters of the manuscript and give feedback on what is working and how to improve big-picture issues like head-hopping, telling versus showing, character development, plot, and pacing. Issues seen in the first three chapters are usually found the throughout the novel, so writers can take the feedback and apply it to the manuscript as a whole.
Manuscript evaluations are ideal for writers who would like feedback before committing to a full developmental edit.
Developmental / Structural Editing
The Big Picture
I read the whole manuscript looking for major issues like information overload, problems with conflict and plot, structure, character motivation, showing versus telling, dialogue, and head-hopping etc., and give detailed, manuscript-specific feedback on how to improve these issues that often appear in first or second drafts.
Developmental editing is ideal for writers with a complete draft looking for feedback on all major components of their manuscript.
The Details of Words
I edit on a line-by-line, word-for-word basis with a focus on improving flow, clarity, and style. Line editing is more about the language is used, and it involves manipulating the words and sentence structure to make the manuscript more pleasurable to read.
Line editing is ideal for writers who have completed the manuscript but need help with language, voice, style, and tone.
The Technical Details
I ensure the manuscript is correct by looking over the grammar, spelling, punctuation, formatting, vocabulary usage, and consistency.
Copyediting is for ideal for writers whose manuscripts have been developmentally or line edited and are getting ready to publish.
I provide different levels of copyediting.
Light includes checking grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, and highlighting unclear passages.
Medium includes a light copyedit, and basic fact-checking with suggestions for revisions of difficult passages.
Heavy includes a light and medium copyedit, rigorous fact-checking, and queries about logic and organization.
The Last Step
I go over the manuscript with a fine-tooth comb to find any typos, printing errors, or issues that slipped through the copyedit.
Proofreading is ideal for writers who have completed the copyediting stages and need the document to undergo one last final check before going to print.