The Next Steps to Your Final Draft

Editing Matters

Every writer has been there. We work on a project so long and hard that our vision blurs and we start to see what we meant to write, and are pretty certain we did write, rather than what’s actually in front of us. Or we fall so love with a particular idea or turn of phrase that we can’t see that it just isn’t working.

We all need a second set of eyes to help us spot everything from plot holes and character issues to wordy phrasing and grammar errors. Enlisting professional help to spot these issues at multiple stages helps produce a higher quality product that’s ready for independent publishing or submission to a publisher - and helps give you the confidence to share it with the world.

As a professional writer and editor, I'd love to use my skills and experience to help you put the finishing touches on your work.

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Editing to Meet Your Needs


Line Editing

Line editing focuses on details at the paragraph or sentence level, focusing on things like weak or overused words, repetition, awkward phrasing and wordiness, logistical errors, passive voice, and inconsistencies. Line editing focuses on prose rather than content and helps remove small issues that might break a reader’s suspension of disbelief and creates a smoother reading experience.

Copy Editing

Once your writing is where you want it, it’s time to deal with spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style details. This is also the time to find smaller continuity issues and create a style sheet, and possibly some minor rewriting for clarity. In general, copy editing does not do any major revisions of style or content. Sometimes it's combined with line editing, and there is often overlap between these processes.

Proofreading

Proofreading is the process, traditionally speaking, of comparing the copyedited manuscript to the printer's proof to make sure that no errors were introduced. In the digital age, this means going through the final, formatted file for one last check for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and formatting mistakes, and checking an ebook to make sure it works on different screen sizes and doesn't suffer problems caused by file conversion.

Services to Help You Stand Out


Formatting

Formatting is the applying a consistent layout to your finished book and getting it ready for print or connvrsion to an ebook. It includes font choices, margins, headings, page numbers, and any other elements required to make your work look its best, based on your preferences and the requirements of the publisher or printer. It can also include converting the file to an ebook format for submission to the vendor of your choice.

Author Web Sites

Marketing is important, whether you work with a publisher or self-publish. Author web sites are a great place to direct your potential readers and to engage with current readers. Most authors need only a few pages to show readers what they're about, communicate events and releases, and direct buyers to their books. Options range from a customized WordPress site to a unique site built from the ground up.

Beta Readers

Beta readers are a great resourse to look at after you've created a draft you're happy with, but before you get into the editing process. They can talk to you about whether they can relate to the characters, whether the pacing feels slow, or what their general impressions are. Experienced beta readers from a variety of demographics are available to help you find issues early.

Consultations and Pricing


Pricing depends on the service requested and the complexity of the project, and ranges from $.01 to $.03 per word for editing, while the cost formatting is estimated by the page. Web site pricing is determined by the size and complexity of the finished site.

Pricing

Consultations are free. Contact me to discuss your project needs or to request a free sample edit.

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