Structural editing: Also known as developmental or substantive editing, structural editing is a look at the big picture. I will consider genre, structure, plot, pacing, character development, point of view, voice, setting, and themes.
Line editing: I will look closely at the paragraphs and sentences, making wording and grammar suggestions to polish them so that they convey your story more clearly. I will also note any point of view, voice, and plot inconsistencies.
Copyediting: Comma rules and more! This one’s an edit for grammar and word usage—those tricky things that spell-checkers tend to miss. I use The Chicago Manual of Style. I do not do fact checking, though I can mark statements that I think should be checked.
Proofreading: This is the very last edit of a book or manuscript to make sure there are no typos, missed punctuation, or missed words. Proofreading occurs when you have already had the work professionally copyedited and have a manuscript that is as clean as you can make it. I bring both my knowledge of language and my knowledge of graphic design and typography to proofing and will spot errors in both these areas.
Here’s what I’ll ask you to provide:
If we decide to work together, I will ask you to provide me with a hard copy of your project in standard manuscript style: double-spaced, 12 pt. Times font, one-inch margins, paragraphs delineated with tabs (not extra lines), page numbers and identifying information on every page, printed single-sided. This format makes it easy for me to read your work and focus on the editing.
Here’s what I’ll provide:
For edits that include structural editing and line editing: I will mark the pages with notes and also type up detailed summary comments. We will have a conversation (probably by phone) about those comments and the direction of your work.
For copyediting only or proofreading only: I will mark up the pages and possibly type up some brief summary comments. We will probably have a brief conversation by phone.
These are general guidelines. We will make a plan to effectively move your project forward from where it is now.
If you would like to discuss a project, please contact me using this form (messages go right to my email inbox) or call me at 510-556-4014.