NEW: How to save money on editing. See below.
Welcome to New Edition!
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.
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 etc.), 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.
Please, contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 structural 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.
You are welcome to send me your stories, essays, novels, memoirs, screenplays, or any piece of writing for an analysis and advice. The first 1000 words or fewer will cost $25.00 CAD and $0.15 per 250 words (1page) thereafter.
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, e.g., 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); negotiating changes with 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 that 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.
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