Are you working on articles or short stories for print or online publication? Have you written a manuscript that you’d like to start shopping around to literary agents or that you’d like to self-publish?
If so, you might want to hire a professional editor to review your project and make sure it’s clear, concise, and free of grammatical errors.
I offer four types of editorial services:
Developmental editing is for projects that are in the early stages of development and often involve project planning, outlining, and research. As your developmental editor, I will collaborate with you to hone your ideas and develop them into a concrete, comprehensive manuscript.
Developmental editing focuses on plot, characterization, theme, structure, and believability.
- Do you have an idea that you’re not sure how to organize or structure into a manuscript?
- Have you completed an outline or story beats and want to iron out the kinks before you write a full draft?
- Have you completed an early draft and want detailed feedback on it before moving on to the next draft?
Substantive editing is for projects with a complete, early draft. As your substantive editor, I will provide a detailed critique of your project addressing a wide range of issues, including mechanics, structure, plot, pacing, characterization, theme, and description with suggestions for revisions.
- Have you completed a draft but still feel like various aspects of the project are missing the mark?
- Have you received feedback that indicates that your manuscript still needs considerable work?
- Do you want a detailed, professional critique of your draft before making your next round of revisions?
Copyediting services are perfect for writers who want their work proofread for grammar, spelling, and punctuation and who want revisions that improve the overall readability of a piece. While proofreading focuses exclusively on mechanics, copyediting digs deeper and looks at the wording as well as the sentence and paragraph structure, flow, and consistency.
When you hire me to copyedit your written material, you’ll get the following:
- Proofreading (check for spelling, grammar, and punctuation)
- Review of wording and sentence and paragraph structure (including transitions)
- Check for consistency in tone, language, and character or setting
- Revisions incorporated into the edited material
- Editorial notes address problems that need to be fixed and include suggestions for deeper changes to the work.
Line Editing (Proofreading)
Proofreading services are ideal for writers who have a strong grasp on grammar and language and who are adept at creating a compelling piece that is engaging and readable. Yet no matter how well you write, you still need another pair of eyes to review your work, because typos and grammatical mistakes have a tendency to sneak past even the sharpest writers.
Proofreading is all about the mechanics of language. When you hire me to proofread your written material, I’ll check for the following:
- Grammatical mistakes
- Typographical and spelling errors
- Run-on sentences and fragments
- Subject-verb agreement and tense
Proofreading services are $25 per document plus 1.25¢ per word with discounts available for projects over 50,000 words.
How it Works
When it comes to editing your creative writing (as opposed to technical, academic, or business writing), flexibility is essential. The flow and integrity of your piece will always hold more weight than the rules of grammar. After all, being creative sometimes means breaking the rules.
What happens if I’m editing your work and I come across a sentence that starts with a conjunction, ends with a dangling preposition, or contains a bit of slang? Simple! I’ll make a note of the grammatical rule, just to make sure you’re aware of it, but if breaking the rule makes your piece stronger, I won’t change a thing.
You’ll receive your document marked up in Microsoft Word, which means you’ll be able to view every single change, comment, and suggestion. You can go through and accept or reject the changes individually or apply the revisions I’ve made to the entire document with a single click.
For all editing projects, I adhere to the standards set forth in The Chicago Manual of Style. If there is another style guide you’d like to use for your piece, please let me know, and I will do my best to accommodate your needs.
How to Get Started
To get started, simply contact me and tell me about your writing project.
Do you want extensive, ongoing help with your writing? I also work as a writing coach and can help you reach your writing goals and improve your writing. As a blog coach, I help writers launch or improve blogs and websites that are geared toward building a readership. If you’re not sure which service would be best for you, then I can always make a recommendation.
I look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best of luck with your creative writing.
*minimum charge of $100 per project