Editorial Services

You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you, and we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.

— Arthur Plotnik

Developmental Editing

A developmental edit (also called a DE or substantive edit) is a comprehensive analysis of your manuscript at a global level. As one of the first rounds of edits you'll go through after completing a manuscript, this type of editing focuses on structure, narrative, and language, with a variety of points under each. Recommended changes are delivered via an editorial note, usually anywhere from 10-30 pages. My own editorial letters range from 7-15 pages, depending on the manuscript.

If you would like to see a more comprehensive developmental note, please feel free to contact me.

*For full-sized options of any sample, click the center of the PDF you wish to read.

Copy and Line Editing

A copyedit comes after you've completed your developmental edits, when you're largely satisfied with all the global aspects of your story. Copyediting focuses on the mechanics of your manuscript, including punctuation, syntax, diction, and checking for factual inconsistencies. This is the stage where you'll want to cut commas and words, correct and unify regional spelling, and ensure consistency with any style guide you're using.

The line edit, on the other hand, focuses on the overall style and consistency of your narrative. Line edits help shake out redundancies in your text, clean up your dialogue, flag tonal shifts and unnatural phrasing, and suggest changes that can clarify or enhance your meaning.

As a freelancer, I commonly unify the copyedit and the line edit and deliver them at the same time, allowing for fewer editorial and revision passes.

Proofreading

Proofreading is the last step before you send your book to print. A job that can be difficult to capture but is completely obvious when skipped, proofreading is the last chance to catch all those wayward comma, weird spacing issues, and sneaky misspellings that snuck through previous rounds or the application of typesetting.

Proofreading is usually included with any full editorial packages for any book market manuscript or large longform document. Occasionally, I offer standalone proofreading services for short stories and novellas, pre-printer graphic novels, and previously published titles that are being republished or have been converted to e-books.

Other Services

Besides the editorial services above, I offer a variety of add-on and consultation services, including:

  • Query & Pitch Reviews
  • Market Research
  • Style Guide Creation (sample attached)
  • Reader Reports
  • Critiques & Reviews

I am able to provide samples work not displayed here by request; please send me a request via my contact form.

Developmental Editing

A developmental edit (also called a DE or substantive edit) is a comprehensive analysis of your manuscript at a global level. As one of the first rounds of edits you'll go through after completing a manuscript, this type of editing focuses on structure, narrative, and language, with a variety of points under each. Recommended changes are delivered via an editorial note, usually anywhere from 10-30 pages. My own editorial letters range from 7-15 pages, depending on the manuscript.

You can see a sample of a short DE note I wrote for an author below. If you would like to see a more comprehensive developmental note, please feel free to contact me.

Copy & Line Editing

A copyedit comes after you've completed your developmental edits, when you're largely satisfied with all the global aspects of your story. Copyediitng focuses on the mechanics of your manuscript, including punctuation, syntax, diction, and checking for factual inconsistencies. This is the stage where you'll want to cut commas and words, correct and unify regional spelling, and ensure consistency with any style guide you're using.

The line edit, on the other hand, focuses on the overall style and consistency of your narrative. Line edits help shake out redundancies in your text, clean up your dialogue, flag tonal shifts and unnatural phrasing, and suggest changes that can clarify or enhance your meaning. As a freelancer, I commonly unify the copyedit and the line edit and deliver them at the same time, allowing for fewer editorial and revision passes.

Proofreading

Proofreading is the last step before you send your book to print. A job that can be difficult to capture but is completely obvious when skipped, proofreading is the last chance to catch all those wayward comma, weird spacing issues, and sneaky misspellings that snuck through previous rounds or the application of typesetting.

Proofreading is usually included with any full editorial packages for any book market manuscript or large longform document. Occasionally, I offer standalone proofreading services for short stories and novellas, pre-printer graphic novels, and previously published titles that are being republished or have been converted to e-books.

Other Services

Besides the editorial services above, I offer a variety of add-on and consultation services, including:

• Query & Pitch Reviews
• Market Research
• Style Guide Creation (see sample)
• Reader Reports
• Critiques & Reviews