Edit.Line Editing. Copyediting. Editorial Proofreading.
For Authors. Or Anyone Who Writes for the Public
… and More
Unsure of the Flow and Readability of Your Work?
Do you feel like you always use the same transitions, phrases, and wording? Do your sentences lack variety of structure? Are you unsure if your sentences and paragraphs smoothly convey what you want them to? Consider line editing, which is concerned with how your words and sentences flow one to the next. Text is rewritten at the line level for elegance and artistic conciseness.
Every Piece of Writing the Public Sees Needs Copyediting!
You’ve invested so much time, effort, and energy into your manuscript. Don’t scrimp and forego copyediting. A good copyeditor makes your manuscript better by catching inconsistencies and errors that drive readers crazy. They also make or suggest changes to tighten your prose. Put the best version of your writing in front of the public … hire a copyeditor!
Make Your Finished Book Shine
Mistakes can creep into your manuscript every time it is touched by you or your editor; neither of you is perfect. Let one last pair of eyes make your book as free from error as possible (though some will still exist). If you don’t feel you can invest in full copyediting, you should at least have your manuscript proofread.
For All Editing Services:
Correcting misspellings and typos
Fixing errors in grammar, punctuation, syntax, and usage
For general writing, I use The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition, as my style guide, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition, as my dictionary, and Garner’s Modern English Usage, 4th Edition, for usage. For medical writing, I use use the AMA Manual of Style, 10th Edition, as my style guide and Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, 28th Edition, for my dictionary.
Ensuring correct paragraph and section breaks
Correcting wrong word choice
Deleting words left in unintentionally during self-editing
Ensuring correct chapter sequencing
For Line Editing and Copyediting
Correcting imprecise words
Correcting faulty parallelism & dangling modifiers
Changing repetitious words and phrases
Flagging similarities in names and events
Eliminating wordiness that detracts from the prose
Editing to maintain the author's voice and vision
Querying anything confusing (either to me or your potential reader)
For fiction, fixing or pointing out minor issues with plot, timeline, setting, or character details
For nonfiction, fixing or pointing out minor structural and informational issues
… and for Line Editing
Line editing dissects your manuscript at the paragraph and sentence level, rewriting lines to improve the overall flow of the words.
… and for Copyediting
Copyediting puts a laser focus on the sentence and word levels of the manuscript, making both mechanical changes (grammar and punctuation) and changes needed for clarity, consistency, and coherence.
… for Editorial Proofreading
Editorial proofreading not only corrects grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors, it also looks at formatting.
Rewriting for clarity of meaning, flow, and readability
Revising narrative sentence structure with the goal of creating elegant, seamless prose
Revising dialogue, with the goal of creating clear, natural, but heightened expression
Rephrasing for artistic conciseness
Correcting ambiguous phrases or sentences (unless intentional)
Making simple changes for flow and transition
Pointing out or fixing issues with consistency, clarity, or coherence
Changing passive voice to the active voice if artistically appropriate
Pointing out or fixing ambiguous phrases, sentences, or passages
Ensuring consistency in the design of text and image elements
Removing extraneous spaces
Highlighting stacked hyphens
Flagging widows, orphans, and short lines in printer-ready PDFs
Correcting improperly formatted paragraphs and sections
Correcting or flagging other formatting errors
NOTE: Uncomfortable with any particular item above? Let me know! I am happy to adapt my editing style to suit your needs.
- While both line editing and copyediting look at your writing from the sentence level, line editing focuses on the flow and readability of your words from a more “artistic” standpoint while copyediting makes sure that your writing clear, consistent, and correct.
- Proofreading is meant to be the final evaluation of your writing before publication, correcting glaring grammar and punctuation errors and pointing out formatting issues. It is not true light or heavy editing (no smoothing of text or pointing out ambiguity); it’s about fixing outright errors in the prose of the existing writing and flagging format problems.