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 to make sure there are no typos, missed punctuation, or missed words. Proofreading occurs when you have already copyedited the work and have a manuscript that is as clean as you can make it.
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.