Editing Services

You’re a nice person who overlooks mistakes. I’m the nit-picky grammar freak you need to sniff out your errors and slap your work into submission.

If you have a message to share, a story to tell, or a product or service to promote, I can help. I’ll clean up your writing, add sparkle to your headlines, and punch up your prose. My number one goal as an editor is to help you communicate your message in your voice, with your tone and your personality.

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES OFFERED

MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION
The first step to a solid foundation before rewrites. Includes:

  • reading your manuscript
  • pointing out what you did right and what could use improvement
  • offering suggestions for improvement
  • tracking and explaining suggestions
  • answering follow-up questions

BASIC COPYEDITING with LINE EDITING
If your manuscript is complete, you are ready for basic copyediting with line editing. Includes:

  • correcting spelling, punctuation, typing errors, sentence structure, and other grammatical errors in accordance with current style guidelines
  • pointing out or correcting inconsistencies in tone, style, timeline, and character point of view
  • pointing out or correcting misused or overused words and passive (boring), awkward, or confusing language
  • checking for good flow, logical transitions, and easy readability
  • checking and correcting citations where applicable
  • offering suggestions for improvement, if any
  • tracking and explaining changes and suggestions
  • answering follow-up questions

HEAVY (SUBSTANTIVE) COPYEDITING
If your story is as far as you can go with it and you like it, but you know it needs substantial or significant changes to bring it up to professional standards, or if it’s much too short or too long, heavy copyediting is the way to go. Includes:

  • basic copyediting with line editing as described above
  • rewording, reordering, or cutting content as needed
  • writing original content that matches the style of the original writer to fill out a sparse manuscript, as needed
  • explaining and tracking changes
  • answering follow-up questions

PROOFREADING
Final pass after editing and before publishing. Includes:

  • Finding and fixing grammar errors, including spelling, punctuation, italicization, capitalization, hyphenation, quotation, paragraph structure, sentence structure, etc.
  • Finding and fixing typing errors, such as spacing, missing words, double words, spelling, font inconsistencies, etc.
  • Finding and fixing errors in citations – footnotes, bibliography, and references
  • Other – pointing out unintentional puns, alliterations, rhymes, misused words, etc.
  • Tracking and explaining changes
  • Answering follow-up questions

Does not include formatting for e-readers or print publishing.

WRITING AND REWRITING
I write and ghostwrite original content and rewrite existing content, including:

  • books
  • web pages
  • blogs
  • primary- and secondary-level study guides and educational support material
    (I do not write original academic papers for students.)
  • product descriptions
  • search engine optimization (SEO)
  • translated content (to sound more like a native English speaker)

GRAMMAR HELP
If you have a quick grammar question, contact me. If I can send you a quick answer, I will. Any questions you send may or may not be used on my blog. I will keep your identity private if you wish.

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