Most of my clients are self-published. I work primarily with fiction, particularly in the science fiction/fantasy, romance, and mystery genres. I am also skilled at working with complex non-fiction topics and turning them into plain language. For more on my qualifications, please see my About page.
My services are divided into two types: manuscript assessments and hands-on editing.
Full Manuscript Assessment
I will review your manuscript and provide you with detailed feedback on items such as plot, structure, character, dialogue, and setting. I will highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript and provide you with specific advice on how to address areas that need improvement.
If you are looking for feedback on a particular section of a manuscript, or have editing-related questions, I provide a by-the-hour mentoring service through email.
A structural or substantive edit is a comprehensive hands-on edit of the manuscript content. I will reorganize the structure to improve the flow and identify where content can be added, removed, or changed. In a fiction manuscript, this could involve the movement of scenes, changes to plot points, or the restructuring of a character’s arc.
While the structural/substantive edit is at the manuscript level, the stylistic edit is at the paragraph level. In a stylistic edit, I will edit paragraphs and sentences to improve transitions, clarify meaning, and eliminate jargon.
The purpose of a copy edit is to eliminate errors and establish consistency throughout the manuscript. This involves editing for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. I will also check the manuscript for internal consistency, including the consistency of facts (such as place names and timelines).
Do you have questions about my services? Please contact me.