Refining and polishing stories while carefully preserving the author’s voice
I specialize in fiction, specifically the romance, speculative, historical, and suspense genres.
1–1.5¢ per word
Free your writing from common errors. This is the final check before publishing that looks for typos and errors in:
- word use
I use The Chicago Manual of Style unless otherwise specified.
Copyediting and Line Editing
2–3¢ per word
Copyediting looks at the four Cs: clarity, coherency, consistency, and correctness. It includes everything covered by proofreading plus correcting syntax to improve readability, checking facts, and creating a style sheet to maintain consistency. Copyediting looks for problems such as:
- misplaced modifiers
- words used out of context
- inconsistency and contradictions
- plot holes and missing information
- potential libel and copyright issues
- awkward phrasing
Line editing looks at the tone, flow, clarity, and language of content. It involves evaluating the writing line by line to ensure the author is making the most of every sentence. The goal is to improve the content so that it is effective and engaging for the target audience. Line editing looks for problems such as:
- unnecessary modifiers
- empty words or phrases that add no value
- passive voice when active should be used
- unparallel items or phrases in lists
Since copyediting and line editing overlap and my clients usually need both, I offer these together as one service.
I can do a free sample edit so that I can more accurately estimate how much time your content will need and you can get a better idea of what to expect from my editing.
For more information about the different levels of editing and how this applies to fiction, see this post.
Fiction Manuscript Evaluation
This consists of reading the manuscript and writing an in-depth editorial report that analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the fiction writing techniques. This is not a line-by-line edit, and nothing in the manuscript is changed. Instead, examples from your manuscript of what was done well and what needs improvement are used to show you how to improve the writing.
I take the opportunity to point out any big-picture issues that ought to be addressed before the copyediting stage but focus on line craft issues such as viewpoint slips, effective use of descriptions, overwriting or underwriting, use of filter words or tentative language that can be cut, showing versus telling, and dialogue techniques, as well as a general assessment of the grammar, punctuation, and word usage.
This service is included in line editing, so if you hire me to do a manuscript evaluation then a line edit, the cost of the evaluation will be credited toward the line edit.
How it works
Send me an email with information about your content (such as topic, genre, length, target audience, publishing goals, which level of editing it needs, etc.) and any questions you have for me, and I will respond with my availability.
If the time frame is acceptable, send me your document, and I will give you a quote along with a free sample edit. I can edit in MS Word with the Track Changes feature, Adobe Acrobat with Sticky Notes, or Google Docs in Suggesting mode.
Sign the letter of agreement and make the deposit through a QuickBooks invoice that allows payment by bank transfer or credit card.
I will send you an invoice for the final payment and email your document.
I am a freelance editor with a background in education and a passion for effective communication (and for really good books). I love correcting the errors and improving the flow in others’ writing so that their message is unimpeded.
I have a BA in communication and worked as a private tutor while editing academic papers on a volunteer basis. When I decided to become a professional editor, I completed the High-Level Proofreading Pro and the Art of Line Editing training courses taught by Edit Republic and the Substantive Editing for Fiction courses taught by The PEN Institute.
While I have always had a keen eye for grammar, word use, and consistency, this is when I learned the more technical aspects of editing and current industry standards. My love of language has turned into a career that allows me to help writers communicate their ideas and stories clearly.