I offer a variety of editing service from the macro of developmental editing to the micro of copy editing and proofreading. These are set out below, in the order in which they happen. it’s important to do the right level of editing in the right order as it prevents extra work later in the process.
The Developmental Edit - story and structure
However many drafts of your novel you have written, it may still require some work before it’s ready to meet its readers. There may be issues with plot or characters or the balance of dialogue, action and exposition.
The beginning of the editorial process is an editorial read through your draft to make an assessment and recommendations on what the book needs. A report in the form of a letter will be provided, outlining issues found in the draft and suggestions on dealing with them.
The Line Edit - sentences, voice and style
Have you said exactly what you meant to say, and said it well? Could your writing be more accurate or more succinct? This isn’t necessarily about word usage, though it could be; it’s also about style, and about developing your voice into one that your readers will recognise, trust and welcome.
A Line Edit will polish your sentences, bring out your voice and make the experience of reading your book more satisfying.
The Copy Edit - spelling, grammar, punctuation
You’ve been focusing, quite rightly, on your story. Copy errors have probably crept in. Readers tend to see what they expect to see on the page, and as your book’s writer you’re also its most constant reader. So you’re less likely to spot these kinds of errors than anyone else.
Copy editors look at the details: spelling and grammatical errors, vocabulary misuse etc.
You can, of course do some or all of your copy editing yourself. There are plenty of tools out there to help you. But wouldn’t you rather have another sharp, knowledgeable pair of eyes on your book? Human editors will pick up on nuances and context issues that the bots might not. Employing a copy editor is a good idea.
The Proofread - get it wright/write/right
During the earlier edits and changes, or in the event that you didn’t do any editing, small errors might have crept in on top of the original ones.
A proofread is your final line of defence against all the sharp-eyed readers out there. If you have a publisher, they will provide you with all the levels of editing your book needs and will do what they can to ensure it is error-free before it is published. But these tasks can be accomplished by freelancers too.
I believe that, however good your story is, my editing services can help you improve it. If you’d like to check whether I’m a good fit for you and your book, you can request a sample edit by filling out the form below or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.