I offer four levels of services, listed below:
Manuscript Evaluations/Critiques: Is your manuscript ready for the next step? In a manuscript evaluation, I will read your entire manuscript and provide feedback in the form of a letter. You will receive a 5-10 page, single-spaced letter detailing where the story shines and where it falls flat. In the critique, I will address both large issues of plot and continuity and smaller things like language tics and word choice. I will offer suggestions for the appropriate next steps for your manuscript.
Developmental Editing: This is the big picture stuff. Developmental editing typically takes several drafts and many months to complete. This is where we nail down things like narrative voice, point of view, structure, character arcs, major plot holes, tension, and climax. You will receive a 10-20 page editorial letter detailing all of these issues and more. Developmental editing will require several live conversations via Facebook messenger, Skype, phone, or in person.
Line Editing: I consider line editing to be the heart of editing. It is concerned with both grammar and style. During line editing, I will work directly with your document, making changes and suggestions on the file itself. I will edit for grammar, clarity, word choice, consistency, tone, and syntax. I will ensure your dialogue sounds natural and not stilted. I will pay attention to pacing, plot consistency, point of view, psychic distance, and character arcs. Because of the magnitude of line editing, it is important that you contact me for a sample edit first. This is the level of editing which has the most potential to affect an author’s voice, and the last thing you want is an editor who cannot hear yours. I accept line editing projects on a submission basis. In other words, I may reject your manuscript if I feel that it is not ready for line editing, or if I feel that our styles would not mesh.
Copy Editing: Copy editing should be your final step of editing before a proofreader. I have had many clients approach me thinking they were looking for copy editing when they really weren’t. Copy editing includes checking grammar, spelling, and punctuation, with minimal attention to any larger issues. It does not include any sort of rewording sentences for style or flow.