I offer two broad categories of editing: developmental editing and copyediting. I specialize in the developmental editing of theatrical writing and in the copyediting of general nonfiction writing, particularly interviews and profiles.
Developmental editing: Developmental editors may help the writer from idea all the way to final draft, however most editors don’t begin working with a writer until the first draft. Developmental editors are less concerned with grammar and more concerned with overall structure. Even if a developmental editor is a great copyeditor, it’s a waste of your time and money to copyedit a manuscript that needs major structural changes.
Copyediting: Copyeditors deal primarily with the mechanics of a manuscript, following the style guide recommended by the author or publisher. When appropriate, copyeditors may also question the text. Unlike developmental editors, copyeditors don’t organize or rewrite the manuscript but simply make the “final” manuscript as readable as possible. This is also sometimes referred to as line editing or proofreading.
WHAT I CAN DO
1. Bring professional knowledge and skill in polishing your fiction and nonfiction work.
2. Ensure that your work says what you intend it to say – in your voice.
3. Enhance the clarity, readability, logic, and flow of your work.
4. Serve you, your project, and your audience.
WHAT I CAN’T DO
1. Provide a magic fix. Even the best editor can’t turn a bad story into a prizewinner.
2. Ensure publication or production. An excellent manuscript is essential, but it’s just one piece of the puzzle.
3. Get you an agent. You will not improve your chances by putting “professionally edited” in your cover letter.
4. Help you with everything you write. If I’m not an expert in the topic of your work, I will tell you.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Process: The first step is to contact me for a free consultation. We’ll discuss:
1. The nature of your project;
2. The type of editing you need;
3. Any specific concerns about your writing;
4. Any special guidelines you have to follow.
After I’ve read your manuscript, we’ll discuss time and cost. If you decide to go ahead, we’ll spell out the details in a contract written in plain English.
Time: I work quickly, but editing is not a speed event. Tell me your deadline, and I’ll tell you if I can meet it. If you don’t have a fixed deadline, we’ll work out a timeline. As editing progresses, if the manuscript needs more work than initially estimated, I’ll alert you as soon as possible.
Cost: Depending on the project, we may agree on an hourly rate, per-page rate (based on the industry standard of 250 words per page), flat fee, or some combination. If your budget is limited, we can work out a feasible plan of services.
For a free consultation about your project, contact me. >>