What It Is:
Sentence-level editing (copy editing) with constructive feedback.
What You Get:
Extensive edits and constructive feedback designed to polish your writing while strengthening your story. I ensure that whatever appears in writing is accurate, easy to follow, fit for purpose, and free of error, omission, inconsistency, and repetition. This process picks up embarrassing mistakes, ambiguities, and anomalies.
I begin by checking that your work is complete. Are there any incomplete sentences? Do the chapter titles and other elements match up? Then I clean up your work, fixing page set-up, spacing, and fonts. I cut unwanted formatting and start to identify any problems I see, taking notes.
Working through your work, I will correct and point out any errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, style and usage, but also very long sentences and overuse of italic, bold, capitals, exclamation marks, and the passive voice.
I point out doubtful facts, weak arguments, plot holes, and gaps in the timeline. I also check that characters haven’t changed their name or hair color, look for sudden changes from first- to third-person, and monitor the timeline, among other things.
Who It’s For:
Seasoned authors who want a comprehensive edit; new authors who aren’t yet experienced at assessing the narrative aspect and storytelling techniques of their books; any author who wants to learn more about the craft of storytelling. Authors seeking to produce a professional-quality manuscript.
Because polishing a manuscript before ensuring its story foundations are solid is rarely a good use of your publishing budget, I strongly recommend that unpublished authors and new clients begin with a manuscript critique or copy editing service.
How Much It Costs:
$30 per 2,000 words.
See an Editing Testimonial.
For a sample of this service, go here.
For copy editing only, go here.