I’ve worked as an editor, proofreader, copyeditor for over a decade with business and fiction content. I’ve recently added writer to my resume as my blog and portfolio attest to.
I offer quality editing services, such as manuscript evaluations, editing, proofreading, and copyediting for fiction and non-fiction content.
You’ve worked tirelessly on your manuscript and you think it’s ready to submit to a publisher. Before you do, consider the following services to present the best manuscript possible for publication.
Before you dive into getting an editor, it is worth your time to consider a manuscript evaluation. This will give you an overview of the parts of your manuscript that may require extra attention, such as:
- Characterisation – Are your characters consistent? Do they evolve as the story progresses?
- Plot – I know you’ve spent months on your plot and you’re certain every part of it works…but you’ve lived and breathed your manuscript for a long time. Don’t be afraid of getting an objective point of view on it. I will be able to pinpoint the places where the plot may not flow logically and assist you in finding a solution.
- Pacing – The right pacing can keep your reader on pins and needles until the very end. I will highlight the parts of your manuscript that may drag, or perhaps there’s a part you’re glossing over too quickly.
A manuscript evaluation cannot replace an edit. You can dive straight into an edit if you so choose.
I understand handing over your work to an editor isn’t easy. Your manuscript represents many hours of hard work and is evidence of your passion and dedication, and I will treat it with the utmost respect.
A substantive edit includes a detailed critique with comments and suggestions for changes at every part of your manuscript, such as characterisation, plot elements, pacing, continuity, grammar and punctuation.
My only role is to make sure your story is told in the best way possible, in your voice.
I do offer discounts on a second look at any changes you accept from the first round of editing.
A copyedit is usually done after your manuscript has undergone a structural edit, by me or someone else.
During a copyedit, I will ensure all elements are consistent, that your story flows logically, and your writing is clear. I will also check for punctuation and spelling consistency and accuracy.
This is the final check before submission for publication, just in case anything slipped through the cracks. It’s the final polish.
This is essentially a quality control exercise. It cannot replace an edit or a copyedit.
Every project is different. A manuscript might need a proofread only, while another might need a copyedit and a proofread. Please email me at email@example.com with the details of your project and a sample — no more than 5 pages — for a free evaluation, edit, copyedit or proofread.
I am experienced in editing, copyediting and proofreading everything from annual reports to conference invitations to online content. Please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote.
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