Editing is not criticizing. It is a collaborative effort between author and editor to mold and polish a manuscript into the best piece of writing it can be. There are several types of editing services that I offer. Not sure which you need? I can provide an evaluation (for which type of service your work requires) and estimate free of charge after a review of a partial manuscript. I charge by the hour, and my rates vary depending on the work needed. I can provide a quote after an initial consultation.
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This service is for those manuscripts that aren't quite ready for editing. It's for authors who have a good framework but are stuck on something or aren't too sure how to proceed in a narrative. With this service I will read a manuscript and provide a comprehensive letter focused on large-scale issues and overall strengths and weaknesses.
Developmental or substantive editing
This is an edit that's focused on the bigger picture. It's for those manuscripts that have been written in full but still need a fair amount of work. I think of it as a step beyond a manuscript evaluation. In a developmental edit, I'm looking for plot holes, structural problems, character issues, elements that might be lacking or that need more development, and general narrative issues. I'll also likely point out smaller issues, but think of this as more of a panoramic edit. I usually approach this edit by reading a manuscript carefully and taking detailed notes, then crafting those notes into a letter that explains to the author what works needs to be done (letters can be as short as two pages or as long as twenty).
Line or copy editing
This type of edit is for those manuscripts that are pretty much there in terms of narrative, structure, characters, plot … all the big picture stuff. In this edit I'm focused on grammar, punctuation, style, clarity, tense, inconsistencies, fact-checking … basically the smaller-scale stuff. Edits with this service range from suggesting alternate words or punctuation marks to moving sentences/paragraphs to different sections of the narrative. Almost every manuscript should receive at least this type of edit. Even if you're the best writer that's ever lived or you've been given the words directly from on high, you should receive this type of edit.