“Editing” can be a terrifying word, conjuring flashbacks of high school essays with red ink scrawled across your pages. You might envision hours spent ascertaining the difference between “then” and “than,” or shuddering at your precariously stacked pile of grammar books, including Eats Shoots and Leaves, teetering by your laptop.
Maybe you wonder if chapter 7 is really needed, or if Suzy’s subplot with her boss’s chauffeur is doing justice to the story in your head.
Maybe you’re not a novelist at all, but you’re tasked with writing work articles or maintaining the company blog, and the most writing you do is the grocery list.
Editing doesn’t have to be scary. I’m here to help. I’d love to chat with you about your project and provide a complimentary chapter edit or project review. Not sure where to begin? See below for the types of services I provide.
Types of Editing:
Substantive or Structural Editing
Clarifying and/or reorganizing a manuscript for content and structure. Changes may be suggested or drafted for the author. May include negotiating changes with author.
Clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, smoothing language, and other non-mechanical line-by-line editing. May include checking or correcting reading level, creating or recasting tables and/or figures, or negotiating changes with author.
Creating a new manuscript or parts of a manuscript on the basis of content and research supplied by an author. May include some research and writing of original material.
Editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style; checking for consistency of mechanics and internal consistency of facts; marking head levels and approximate placement of art; notifying designer of any unusual production requirements. May include Canadianizing; metrication; providing or changing system of citations; writing or editing captions and/or credit lines; writing running heads; listing permissions needed and/or obtaining them; providing or editing prelims, back matter, cover copy and/or CIP data.