I offer a variety of editorial services to meet each project’s individual needs. I provide manuscript evaluations, two types of editing (copyediting and developmental editing), and writing.
If you’re unsure where your book stands and you want a professional, honest, and in-depth evaluation of it, this diagnostic option is the way to go. It’s also a good choice if you’re not quite ready for editing but you want feedback. With a manuscript evaluation, I read a client’s whole book and then document what I believe are the strengths and weaknesses, both on a developmental level (i.e., content, big picture) as well as on a copyediting level (i.e., mechanics related, detailed). I also detail my takeaway of the book—my impression of characters, plot points, dialogue, pacing, etc.—and how I believe those things would be viewed by readers. An evaluation also covers the type of publishing I recommend pursuing (self vs. traditional), if you’re interested, plus various other suggestions as applicable.
Copyediting is a must! This is the standard but very detailed kind of editing that every type of writing needs. Getting mechanical errors corrected is essential, above all else. This includes checking and correcting grammar, spelling, punctuation, style, consistency, syntax, etc. (I own a lot of reference books, in case you’re wondering.)
This is a big-picture, deep kind of editing. With fiction, the focus is on repairing issues with and then enhancing plot, character development, dialogue, narration, story goals, flow, etc. Sometimes I find story holes, and I often ask questions that I think readers would ask. With nonfiction, the focus is typically on structure and organization of content, flow, voice, and missing or incomplete information. Significant rewrites can be involved.
With fiction books, copyediting and developmental editing especially complement each other. Not every editor does both, but I’m experienced and confident in both areas.
Though my bigger passion is editing, I still enjoy writing and keep those skills polished. It’s my belief that every good editor should be a good writer first. Press releases, website content, real-estate listings, etc., are common things I write. Just let me know what you need!