My Editing Philosophy
As an avid reader for most of my life, I have found that I enjoy picking apart any book or manuscript I am reading. For my editing services, I will put this passion to work for you by examining your manuscript for various aspects of language and grammatical mechanics. I do not differentiate a line edit from a developmental edit in the services I provide. I feel the two types of edits are directly related to each other and must be conducted simultaneously to ensure a fine-tuned final product is produced that is ready for publication.
After speaking to a variety of authors, I have come to the realization that many would rather edit their manuscripts on their own as opposed to hiring an editor. This could be done for a variety of reasons to include cost, time, and return on investment. As I enjoy hunting down those pesky mistakes that are easy to overlook, I feel that I will provide you with a great value in terms of cost and ROI by combining the two primary editing services into a single product. One thing I believe is that cost should not be a limiting factor in receiving a high-quality edit.
For ease of understanding to those who may be new to what editing entails, I have broken down the typical types of edits performed across the field. Please note, I include both editing techniques in a single service. The below breakdown is provided as a reference to the areas of your manuscript that I will scrutinize in great detail during each phase.
- Information gathering: Should you decide to hire me as an editor, there is basic information I will request from you. This will come in the form of a questionnaire and ensure I best understand what you are looking to achieve for your manuscript.
- Line editing: This is the first phase of the editing process and focuses on the core language and grammatical mechanics of your script.
- Developmental editing: This next phase involves looking at the plot, flow, and consistency aspects of your script.
- Return for review: I will return the final edited product to you for review
- Proofread: This optional final phase (included in my editing service or available as a standalone service) allows me to perform a final check of your revised script.
All of that said, my pledge to you directly aligns with my business tagline. Your words will become my world as I comb through your manuscript. I will provide the best service I am able and work with you until you are satisfied with the final result.
If you are looking for something other than what I have listed here, please feel free to contact me with specific requirements.
- While I will edit for any genre, my specific interest areas include paranormal, supernatural, and historical romance, mystery, and drama books, young adult, mystery, horror/thriller, post-apocalyptic, science fiction, crime, and drama.
- I strive to be as thorough as possible with any edit I undertake, however, things will slip through the cracks. After all, I am only human. I can assure you that I will strive for a product as error-free as I am able.
- Any edits or recommendations I provide through my services are just that, recommendations. You are free to accept and reject my recommendations based upon your desired outcome for the story. My goal is simply to provide you with my inputs on your script.
- I specialize in Chicago formatting and stylistic rules.
The line editing phase of my service is what most authors associate with a typical edit. During this phase, I focus on items you would see marked up during a “red pen” edit of a standard paper. During this phase of editing, the following is a sample of items that I will be checking within your manuscript:
- Tense use (Past/Present/Future)
- Word choice
- The consistency of use for all of the above
- Various other writing and language mechanics
For the developmental phase of editing, I move away from focusing on the language and writing mechanics and instead focus on the story contained in the manuscript. During this phase, I focus on the following, not all-inclusive, list of manuscript content:
- Backstory – Do you provide adequate details to the reader to help them visualize your world? Does the story remain consistent between entries in a series? Do you add in enough details about your characters to allow the reader to see them in their mind?
- Coherence – Do your words come across clear and to the point or do they require some tweaking to really drive your vision home for the reader?
- Dialogue – Is it clear who is speaking when dialogue is occurring throughout the story? Are your tags appropriate and do they convey action and emotion to the reader? Do you have an over-reliance on typical “he said”, “she said” style tags?
- Organization and Structure – Does the story flow well between different plot points? Did you have a sudden shift in the storyline without a smooth transition for the reader?
- Plot – Did you leave any questions unanswered throughout the story? Does the story remain consistent between chapters in a book or between entries in a series? Do you have any gaps in the plot that should be addressed in order to make the story complete?
- Point of View – Are you consistent with your use of the point of view used throughout the story? Does your use of past and present tense align with the point of view being used in a particular scene?
As you will notice, consistency is one of the major themes with any of the edit recommendations I provide. With a consistent adherence to your particular style, the reader is more like to be drawn into your world.
Unlike the line edit phase, comments and markup generated through this type of edit may involve the rewording or restructuring of individual sentences, paragraphs, or sections of content throughout the manuscript. This is not an all-inclusive list of the items I will look at throughout this phase of the editing process but it scratches the surface of the edits you can expect from my services.
Once I have completed both of the above editing phases, I will return the edited script to you. This will give you a chance to accept or reject any recommendations I have made. This will also allow you to address any questions, as you see fit, that I present to you about the script in my track-change comments. Once in final draft form, and if you desire it, I will perform a final proofread of your script with any edits you make. This will allow me to perform another comb-through for errors to ensure I didn’t miss anything.
Alternatively, I offer a standalone proofread service that checks for major errors on a script that is near-ready for publication. This can serve as a second set of eyes should you desire it.
My service is competitively priced and aligned with the recommended pricing published by the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) .
For service pricing, I charge using a per-page rate. I follow the industry standard definition  for a page of text as being 250 words regardless of the actual manuscript page count. To calculate an estimated cost for a specific service, take your total content word count, divide by 250, and then multiply by my per-page rate.
I will work with you on pricing and the number listed below is designed to serve as a baseline for cost estimate purposes. Please contact me and I will tune this cost for you based on a sample of your script, required timeline, and any specific requirements you may have. I am one hundred percent certain that I can come to an arrangement that meets your needs.
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The following link is a single-page sample edit of a manuscript I was given permission to post by the author. This edit showcases the traditional red-pen markup, using the Microsoft Word track changes feature, along with a substantive comment for the author’s review. The comment is representative of the developmental edits I provide as part of my copyediting service.
NOTE: Upon entering into an agreement for my services, a deposit of 1/4 of the total service price is required prior to work beginning. The remaining 3/4 is due upon receipt of the completed manuscript.
NOTE 2: My service includes subsequent edits for minor modifications to your manuscript as a result of changes due to recommendations from my original edits to your work.: Editorial Freelancers Association Published Standard Rates: https://www.the-efa.org/rates/