Editing Services:

    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.

     Copy Editing

     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, flier, 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.

      Line Editing

    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.

       Developmental Editing

    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 and enhance your voice and the integrity of your
story. I am a collaborative editor.

    Publication Assistance
    Once your project is complete, you may want help finding and
    approaching an agent or publisher. I can help you find the right agent,
    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.
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