Whether you need a quick proofread for your ad copy or in-depth developmental editing on your newest book, I can make your writing shine.
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Structure, argumentation, plot, characterization, and more
Can the overall pacing or organization of your manuscript be improved? Is the use of dialogue as effective as it can be? Is the plot engaging? Is the language right for your audience? Developmental editing suggests specific revisions related to these and other “big picture” elements of a nonfiction or fiction manuscript. (If you’re looking to improve your writing on an individual sentence or paragraph level, you probably want a heavy copyedit.)
Hourly or by word
Grammar, punctuation, spelling, syntax
Are you using your semicolons properly? Are there typos or homophones in your writing? In fiction, does a character have blue eyes on one page and green eyes on another? Basic copyediting will check your grammar, punctuation, spelling, and word usage as well as making sure there aren’t any continuity errors. Heavy copyediting, sometimes called line editing, includes all of the above plus sentence-by-sentence and paragraph-by-paragraph improvements to language and flow.
Hourly, by word, or by page
Grammar, spelling, punctuation, layout
The last step before publication, proofreading checks for mechanical errors such as typos, incorrect punctuation, and word confusion. When applicable, I’ll also check for layout errors such as word stacks, rivers, widows and orphans, bad word breaks, and caption or directional mismatching.
Do you have a manuscript, but it’s not ready for editing? Do you want feedback on your plot, structure, pacing, character development, worldbuilding, or marketability? A manuscript critique may be right for you! Although it looks at many of the same things as a developmental edit, the end result of a manuscript critique is an overall analysis of your work—not an edited manuscript with specific revisions and suggestions.
The shorter the copy, the more an error stands out—and it’s just as hard to catch your own mistakes. Put your best foot forward by making sure your text is free of mistakes in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. This service is appropriate for ads, menus, business cards, billboards, job postings, blog posts under 300 words, and more.
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