I offer editing for novels, full-length non-fiction manuscripts, novellas, short stories, and children’s books.
Types of Edits
Every editor has their own definitions for the different types of editing. Click on the type of editing you’re interested in for more information on what I include and, of course, just let me know if you have any questions.
Proofreading – A proofread is a final check of a finished manuscript to catch errors that slipped through earlier editing stages.
Light Copyediting – Light copyediting is for previously edited or otherwise mostly clean manuscripts. A light copyedit is also an option for a low budget edit to correct major grammar issues.
Medium Copyediting / Line Editing – If you are satisfied with the structure of your book and want a standard line edit, a medium copyedit is what you are looking for.
Heavy Copyediting – Heavy copyediting covers the same points as medium copyediting but includes some rewriting and implementation of suggestions for authors who are not native to English or otherwise need assistance with rephrasing.
Spot-Checking – After you’ve reviewed suggested edits, spot-checking looks at your changes to ensure no additional errors were added during revisions.
Instead of looking at individual words and the mechanics of sentences, content editing looks at what you say, how you say it, and how well your book works as a whole.
Content Editing – A content (substantive) edit includes specific in-line notes and comments throughout the manuscript that address the organization and content of the text.
Content and Copy
Substantive and Line Editing – This option is for authors who due to either budget or time constraints could not otherwise do both a content edit and a copyedit. Because these two types of edits should really be done individually, this option is best followed by a proofread or at least a spot check after you have finished revisions. Combined copy and content edits are .04 a word.
Style Guides and Dictionaries
Unless otherwise requested, I use The Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition for American English edits.
For British English edits, I use New Hart’s Rules as a style guide. For dictionaries, I use the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors and the Oxford English Dictionary (www.oed.com).
I have also worked with the AP style for cookbooks, Christian style guides, and custom in-house style guides.
Invoices are usually broken down into three payments, and if your budget is particularly tight, I can even copyedit your book in sections as little as one chapter at a time. Visit the payment page for more information.
Please contact me if you have any questions or are interested in scheduling an edit.