Copyediting and Proofreading to help you pursue your dream
Are you concerned that your soon-to-be published manuscript might not pass the grammar sharks unscathed? I offer a copyediting/proofreading service that is committed to quality and affordability. I have successfully completed a course from Education To Go as well as gained practical experience from several years of copyediting magazine issues, fiction, and nonfiction. And also—I love doing it! Each project receives my best.
What I offer:
- Three read-throughs searching for typos, grammar and punctuation mistakes, and consistency.
- Friendly comments and enthusiasm for your project.
- Suggestions for improving style, if you desire.
- Honest “reader” feedback on individual scenes, if you desire.
- Punctuality—I meet deadlines.
- Flexibility if you can’t afford my going rates—tell me your need and we’ll see what we can arrange!
$0.005 per word. So, $250 for a 50,000 word manuscript.
I offer a special discount for Homeschool Authors. Please inquire!
I work with Microsoft Word documents and use the track changes feature. Contact me through my contact webpage. I would love to work with you!
The Different Levels of Editing
I hope this quick explanation helps you determine what type of editing you need. I focus on copyediting and proofreading.
Developmental editing is also known as content editing and rewriting. In the case of nonfiction, this typically happens before a manuscript is finished, because a developmental editor helps an author develop the content of their book and write it. For fiction, the manuscript is typically finished but in need of something. Maybe the protagonist is abominable, or the plot is Swiss cheese, or the ending is threadbare. Maybe the novel is too long and convoluted or too short and sparse. Developmental editing fixes the story on a structural level.
Line editing is all about the prose – making sure it’s clear, flowing, and delicious like spring water. It polishes the author’s voice to be the best it can be, getting meticulous about word choice, sentence structure, clarity of meaning, and other literary issues that affect style and readability. Reading aloud really helps here. Did you use that unusual word five times in the last two pages? Is that phrase a cliché? Do all those sentences sound the same? Does that description really help the reader see? Line editing should make your writing sing.
Copy editing (or copyediting; both are correct) is technical. It focuses on rules of grammar and punctuation and hunts out obvious errors that would trip a reader. It catches formatting issues and inconsistencies within the book. It can be done on various levels – light (pretty close to proofreading; see below); medium (pretty close to line editing, in that it can suggest tweaks in wording, but it’s not as extensive); and heavy (also called substantive; this dips more into rewriting and deep line editing). Some copy editors don’t get into those different levels, so unless otherwise noted, you can probably assume a copy editor will give you a medium copy edit fixing all mistakes and consistency issues. Basically, if this type of editor sees a glaring problem with the manuscript, they’ll point it out to you.
Proofreading is the last touch. It should catch blemishes on an otherwise clean manuscript, such as typos, misused homonyms, unruly punctuation, and formatting errors. A proofreader doesn’t look for defects in story structure or make improving on writing style. If they see an obvious inconsistency or factual mistake, though, they should alert you.
All of these types of editing can be done by you, the writer. Often when you’re writing a second draft, you’ll fix problems in the content, think of a better way to write a sentence, or zap typos. But if you’re going to self-publish, you’ll need outside help. It’s difficult for the creator of a work to see everything that’s wrong with it.
So, when looking for an editor, decide what you need:
– Developmental editors fix story.
– Line editors fix writing.
– Copy editors fix technical mistakes.
– Proofreaders fix whatever mistakes still exist in the final copy.
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