Not sure what editorial services you need? Contact me and let’s see if I’m the right fit for your project. I offer free sample edits to determine what level of editing is needed and create an estimate (see my rates here). Depending on the nature of the project, I also offer one-on-one mentoring services, editing for query letter submissions and marketing copy, and SEO and brand voice editing and proofing for businesses. Don’t hesitate to reach out about your editorial needs.
I help authors fine-tune their manuscripts for consistency during the final stages of the submission process, checking for typographical errors; proper word usage; basic grammar; consistency within format and punctuation; typos, misspellings, and other discrepancies; overall appearance, typeface, and fonts.
I provide line-by-line edits to ensure correct and consistent spelling, capitalization, punctuation, numerals, abbreviations, formats of lists, hyphenations, and similar elements in a manuscript. I check for properly cited quotations, correct style of in-text citations, bibliographies, reference lists, and footnotes or end notes. I also flag wordy or awkward language that may need revision.
I make suggestions to recast the sentence or reorganize content. As a substantive editor, I focus on overall flow, style, tone, plot, theme, character development, pacing, point of view, dialogue, readability, content/tension, description, and other storytelling techniques. I provide detailed suggestions for revision while keeping the reader in mind, addressing narrative inconsistencies, gaps, and weaknesses.
Not sure you’re ready for line-by-line edits? A manuscript critique is a step before developmental editing. I evaluate the structure and big-picture ideas of your story, providing clear, constructive feedback assessing strengths and weaknesses. I read your manuscript closely, make annotations, and craft an in-depth editorial letter with my initial thoughts.