Editing

manuscriptEditing services are customized based on genre, the stage of your writing, length, and the type of editing the author desires. See definitions below for the types of editing. We accept both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts.

For nonfiction, we offer developmental and content editing–which can be done in conjunction with creativity coaching (contact me for details)–as well as line editing and copy editing. For fiction, we offer content, line editing, and copy editing. If you are interested in a developmental edit or a proofread of your fiction work, please contact me for referrals.

Our editing services include:

Developmental Editing (Nonfiction) and Content Editing (Nonfiction and Fiction)

Developmental and content editing focus on overall structure, organization, and purpose of your book. Making sure the author’s intent is clear and consistent throughout the manuscript is vital to the book’s success. We assure the tone, style, and point-of-view in your manuscript are consistent and check the organization and flow of the material.

The primary difference between developmental and content editing is this: developmental editing occurs while the work is in progress, and content editing is done after the draft is complete. Creativity coaching can be paired with developmental and content editing for a full-service package to get your book written.

Line Edit for Fiction and Nonfiction

A line edit is one complete sweep through the manuscript, focusing on the language and writing. During the line edit, the paragraph structure will be checked for understanding and appropriate impact on the reader. During this pass, the editor checks for smooth transitions, consistent tone and point-of-view, repetitive structures in phrasing or repeated words, redundancy, as well as spelling errors, typos, punctuation problems and awkward grammar, clarity and sense, and appropriate word choice. Your editor will provide suggestions and written comments and will pose questions to help guide your final manuscript decisions. After you fully review the line edit and make all final revisions, your editor can do a second sweep through the manuscript, a copy edit (see below).

Copy Edit for Fiction and Nonfiction

During the copy edit (one pass through the manuscript), the editor does a line-by-line check for typos, spelling and punctuation problems, basic grammar issues, and any new errors that may have been introduced in the last revisions you made based on the line edit suggestions. As for the line edit, your editor will provide suggestions and written comments and will pose questions to help guide your final manuscript decisions for any outstanding issues that might linger. A copy edit is not a final proofread, which should be the last step after all revisions are complete. Although we do not offer proofreading services, we can provide referrals.