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 should you do next? All writing benefits from a look by a pair of experienced and expert eyes. I'd like to help you make your book perfect!
Types of Editing I offer
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Are you looking for manuscript feedback before committing to a full developmental edit?
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 throughout the novel, so writers can take the feedback and apply it to the whole manuscript.
Developmental / Structural Editing
The Big Picture
Are you looking for feedback for all major components of your manuscript?
I read the whole story looking for what's going well while also finding solutions to problems with conflict and plot, structure, character motivation, showing versus telling, dialogue, head-hopping or information overload. I give detailed, manuscript-specific feedback on how to improve your craft of writing to solve these issues for your current manuscript and for anything else you write in the future.
The Details of Words
Is your story complete but you are struggling with language, voice, style, or tone?
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.
The Technical Details
Has your story been developmentally or line edited? Do you struggle with commas, colons, or clauses? Are apostrophes not your thing?
You don't need to worry about a thing because those are things I know and love! I ensure the manuscript is correct, consistent, clear, and coherent. I look over grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary usage. I make sure the manuscript is formatted and styled according to either the Chicago Manual of Style (US publishers) or the New Hart’s Rules/Oxford style (UK publishers) or to whatever style you need.
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
Has your manuscript been copyedited? Have you sent it to the book designer? Have you got a PDF of the manuscript that “looks” like a book, with photos/images, captions, copyright pages, all of the text and is ready to be printed? You need a proofread!
I go over the manuscript with a fine-tooth comb to find any typos, printing errors, or issues that slipped through the copyedit.