My name is Margaret Reardon and I love to help writers improve and polish their work. Many of my clients are beginners, who have great ideas, but need advice on sentence structure or plot development. I can help them, as well as more experienced writers, and charge low fees, made possible through early revision.
How to Save Hundreds of Dollars in Editing Costs
Find out, before you submit your written work to the copy-editing or proofreading process, if it is ready for that big step. There is no point in having the punctuation fixed if the whole manuscript has problems that will require some rewriting. For a low fee I can read your work and advise you on any major problems in formal structure that need to be changed. By following that advice you can make your manuscript more publishable and less costly to edit.
I am a careful copy editor and proofreader, a sensitive style editor, and I offer sage advice on style and structure for many forms of writing. Short stories, novels, screenplays, non-fiction (memoirs, biography, personal essays, academic essays, documents, letters, etcetera) and blogs are all welcome. I am especially interested in helping beginning writers of any age. More experienced writers are, of course, also invited to contact me.
My work is based on four levels of editing: copy editing, stylistic editing, structural editing, and proofreading. (See definitions, below) These can be done separately or in combinations. All four levels can be combined as developmental editing, in which they are used to develop a writer’s work from the draft stage to a finished text that is ready for publication. Below are definitions of the four levels.
My price will always depend on the length and complexity of each project, and can be negotiated.
I will write an analysis of your text to see what changes, if any, need to be made. This will give you an opportunity to make the essential changes before a more thorough professional copy editing or proofreading is done.
If you want your written work to be appreciated for its sense and clarity, it’s best to have someone with an eye for detail ensure that writing errors don’t turn readers away.
Definitions of Editing Services
Editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation and other mechanics of style; checking for consistency of mechanics and internal consistency of facts. I may also ask you about making changes, for instance, for the sake of clarity.
Clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon (for instance, in business documents), smoothing language and other non-mechanical line-by-line editing. May include checking or correcting reading level (where your work is intended for a particular age group or professional level) or negotiating changes with the author. Whatever changes are needed may be done by me (with your agreement) or you may prefer that I write a commentary, in which I outline the changes to be made so you can correct your own work.
Substantive or Structural Editing
Advice on the structure of a whole book. This is done to help you focus your ideas and intentions and to improve the “readability” of your work. Changes may be suggested to the author for clarifying and/or reorganizing a manuscript for content and structure.
This is the final check for errors before printing or digital publication, when there are no more major changes to be made.