You have questions. I have answers.
What kind of editing do I need?
Developmental/Substantive Edit: A developmental edit, also known as a substantive edit, looks at the bigger picture of your manuscript, which involves reorganizing and tightening the text, improving the writing style, and clearing up ambiguities. It ensures that your book is coherent and presented in a logical format. The developmental edit also goes through a copyedit and proofread. It's the most in-depth editing option for serious writers.
Copyedit: A copyedit requires minimal rewriting; instead, it concentrates on clarity and flow. Rather than completely rewriting an entire paragraph, I'll suggest edits to avoid choppy sentence structure. A copyedit includes line-by-line checks for grammar, punctuation, and spelling. For novels, a copyedit catches inconsistent behaviors in characters, ensures the dialogue is believable, and watches for plot holes in the story. It's a must-have option for a polished manuscript.
Proofread/Light Copyedit: If your book has gone through several rewrites and edits, a light copyedit or proofread may be a good option for catching any typos or grammatical errors.
Why do I need a copyeditor?
Because your book is your baby, and your hard work deserves the best treatment possible. Also, publishers and literary agents are not interested in an unpolished or unorganized manuscript. For those of you who choose to self-publish, the reviews for unedited books should be reason enough. Make your book the best it can be.
Do you guarantee your work?
Some editors guarantee a perfect manuscript, meaning no errors. Every book has errors. We are human beings and are not able to create something perfect—something without a single error. What I guarantee is a beautifully polished manuscript you can be proud of.
Will you keep my manuscript secure?
Absolutely. In fact, before I ever start my work, we'll both sign a contract via HelloSign.
How long will it take?
Every manuscript is different. Generally, copyediting a full-length novel (100,000 words) will take four to six weeks. That allows ample time to perform line-by-line editing and gives you enough time to pay your deposits. A developmental edit usually takes three to six months—depending, once again, on the manuscript.
What about rush orders?
Rush orders are no problem. Commitment to high communication is a must during this time frame. There will be an added fee for rush orders.
What do you edit?
Expertise covers fiction and nonfiction. Here are some examples:
- Historical Fiction
- Realistic Fiction
- Science Fiction
- Short Story
- Young Adult
- Biography and Autobiography
- Creative Nonfiction
- Family and Relationships
- Sports and Recreation
- True Crime
Note: I do not edit pornographic manuscripts.