Once your manuscript draft is finished and you’ve done a self-editing polish, developmental edits include big-picture comments about your story overall and also deeper feedback about how the various parts of your story are executed and fit together.
For a developmental edit, I’ll focus on the following 10 story components:
I will make inline comments to highlight issues in the manuscript via Track Changes in Word and also provide you with an edit letter touching on each of the topics above. If there is another component you’d like me to address, please let me know when booking your edit. I’m happy to do so.
Line editing involves a close, careful read of your manuscript with a focus on sentence structure, flow, POV consistency, continuity of the story timeline, deep POV vs shallow, passive vs active writing, and the overall clarity and readability of your manuscript. I’ll make comments and suggest changes via Track Changes in Word. This service also includes a light copyedit of your manuscript as I complete line edits.
During copyediting, I focus on looking for typos, assessing grammar and punctuation, noting repetition, and checking spelling and etymology (for historical romance or historical fiction). I'll also point out vague or unclear sentence structure or phrasing, mark POV inconsistency, and generally check your story and writing for overall clarity, flow, and readability.
All changes will be via Track Changes in Word and in the form of inline suggestions or comments.
Proofreading is the final pass on a fully edited manuscript. While proofreading, I focus solely on spelling, punctuation, and grammar. This includes looking for missing words or any other typo that might have been introduced during previous edits. I’ll mark any suggested changes to make within the manuscript using Track Changes in Word.
My turn around time for manuscripts under 50k is generally 10 business days. For manuscripts over 50k, I ask for 20 business days. If you need an edit completed more quickly, we can discuss a rush fee ($50 or $75, depending on manuscript length) if my schedule allows for a quicker turnaround.
When referencing spelling and grammar styling, I edit using Merriam-Webster Dictionary and the Chicago Manual of Style. I also refer to the Online Etymology Dictionary to check for anachronisms in historical fiction/romance.