Editing

From concept to manuscript.

Whether your writing is ready to be reviewed or it needs help getting there, investing in an editor will save you time and money (and heartache) later.

The following chart shows what to expect when considering to work with a professional editor. Rates generally increase with each level.

Proofreading Correct technical errors.

  • Identify and correct misspellings, typos, incorrect punctuation and grammar, errors in word usage.
Copy Editing  Check style and consistency.

  • Proofread, review formatting, consistency in titles, subsection titles, typeface and type style (italic, bold).
  • Fact-check. Ensure manuscript conforms to the style guide the publisher requires, e.g., AMA, APA, AP or Chicago.
  • Suggest improvements in syntax for clarity and logical flow, query only. No substantive changes in content.
Substantive Editing Clarify, tighten and polish.

  • All of the above, but also suggestions for changes or what to delete, rearrange, reword or rephrase to eliminate confusion, cliche, wordiness, and inappropriate or confusing jargon.
  • Query author about gaps, contradictions and issues plot points and character development inadvertently raised but not addressed by the author.
  • Suggest improvement for flow of ideas and story arc.
  • Could include combining copy from multiple authors to achieve a more consistent tone.
Developmental Writing Help define and develop the project from start to finish.

  • Develop and conceptualize raw material at an early draft stage.
  • Develop the manuscript, characters, storyline, plot turns and ending.
  • Consult on organization of material and format, propose supplemental material as needed, including appendices, graphics, photos, tables, charts or figures.
  • Includes branding and marketing, grant writing and RFPs.
  • Contact for rates on consultation for self-publishing, distribution and marketing.