EditingContent and Copyediting
My Editing Approach
Each manuscript receives multiple passes in order to allow me to further refine the language with each attempt. In addition to making suggestions and corrections, I also aim to educate each client on the reasoning for my choices via an overview letter. The pace I set and the fees I charge reflect my professionalism and commitment to meeting your needs. I only offer services reflective of my strengths.
Reader Report: An approximately five-page single-spaced report addresses big picture strengths and weaknesses present in the story regarding basic elements of successful storytelling. Some suggestions for revision are included as well as a follow-up consultation. No comments are made within the manuscript. This is a great option for the most budget conscious of writers. I pack a lot of feedback into my concise report. (Reader Report Sample)
Manuscript Critique: Whole passages or scenes may need reworking, but the overall story is sound and has already undergone some revisions. Issues with characterization, conflict/tension, description, inconsistencies, pacing, passive writing, plot, point of view, scene development, and showing vs. telling are noted in the margins using comment bubbles to note strengths and weaknesses. Consistent grammatical errors will be noted as a common courtesy, but not corrected repeatedly. A written evaluation is also included. (Critique Sample)
Copy/Line Edit: Sentences and paragraphs may require reworking rather than whole pages or scenes. Awkward phrasing, syntax issues (sentence variety and structure), repetition, showing vs. telling, best word choices, passive verb elimination, suitable dialogue, cliches, anachronisms, chapter breaks, timeline consistency, and more are addressed. Minor fact checking as well as potential copyright issues are also covered. Be advised some small errors will inevitably slip through, and a follow-up proofread A manuscript style sheet and overview letter is also included. (Copy Editing Sample) (Style Sheet Sample)
Formatting & Proofreading: This is only a service I offer to client whose books I have already performed a copy/line edit on. If print publication is desired, I start by formatting the book. From there, basic errors corrected regarding spelling, grammar, and punctuation. There is no restructuring or re-writing of sentences for clarity. However, this entails much more than merely running the document through spell check such as checking for heading consistency and widow and orphan lines. (see examples)
Author Add-Ons: I would be happy to assist with writing those persnickety tasks that tend to give authors a major headache such as query letters and synopses, jacket copy, author bios and more. Please visit the writing services page for more info.
Professional Experience, Testimonials, and Project Examples
Please see my LinkedIn Profile for client recommendations and skills overview. My biography also contains additional information related to my professional experience and educational background. Various client testimonials and project examples can also help further assure you of the quality of my work.
Request a Complimentary Consultation
What are you waiting for? Give your book the attention it deserves. After initial contact, I will pose more questions via email to better assess your needs. The free 15-minute consultation can then take place via Skype or phone. After discussing the scope of your editing project, I will then be able to estimate appropriate fees and draft a contract for negotiation.
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