Need help with your book, short story, website, or article?
I provide copy editing, line editing, developmental editing, and
publication assistance for all kinds of projects, large or small.
What is copy editing?
The Society for Editors and Proofreaders define it thus:
Copy-editing takes the raw material (the 'copy': anything from a
novel to a web page) and makes it ready for publication as a
book, article, website, broadcast, menu, flyer, game or even a tee-
The aim of copy-editing is to ensure that whatever appears in
public is accurate, easy to follow, fit for purpose and free of error,
omission, inconsistency and repetition. This process picks up
embarrassing mistakes, ambiguities and anomalies, alerts the
client to possible legal problems.
I have years of experience copy editing all kinds of projects: non-fiction,
fiction, and narrative non-fiction. I like to work closely with my clients, so only
take on a few at a time.
Take a look at my "Testimonials" page.
What is Line Editing?
New York Book editors say this: A line edit addresses the
creative content, writing style, and language use at the sentence
and paragraph level. But the purpose of a line edit is not to comb
your manuscript for errors – rather, a line edit focuses on the way
you use language to communicate your story to the reader. The
general editor (Line editing) is to help you tell a better story, and
the job of a copy editor is to make sure the grammar on every
page is correct.
If you have finished your rough draft and looking for a team
player to get you to the next step, I am happy to discuss your
project with you on the phone.
Again, see my "Testimonials" page and see what past clients have to say.
What is that, you may ask.
Developmental editing refers to editing that aims to improve the
content and structure of a manuscript. It might be a major
rearranging of plot structure. Most books go through at least one
Developmental edit--possibly merging characters, eliminating
content that does not inform the story or theme. Most specifically,
an experienced reader and writer like myself uses their instinct
and knowledge of both to make your book or other content
readable and publishable.
No matter what kind of help you need, you should know that it's one of my
highest goals to maintain your voice and the integrity of your story. I am a
Once your project is complete, you may want help finding and
approaching an agent or publisher. I can help you find the right agent
(s), help with your query letter, synopsis, and your elevator pitch. Many
writers (and I've made this mistake too) put their work out there too
soon. Revision, revision, revision.
Writing is not an easy task. Writing a book is like climbing Mt. Everest.
Once you've finished several drafts, my advice is to sleep on it for a
week or two. You'll be surprised at how many changes you want to
make then. I read somewhere recently where writing a book is like
filling a swimming pool with tea cups of water. Beginner or
professional, I'd love to be part of your team.