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Levels of Editing

I offer various levels of editing:


You have outlined the book and you have a good idea of where to go with the story. Perhaps you have even written a first draft. Now we work together to address character development, plots and storyline, and creating the perfect story. If nonfiction, I work with you to focus and streamline, making sure that you hit important points with impact. This is often a difficult experience for any writer, but it pays enormous dividends at the end. Throughout this cycle, I am constantly aware that it is your book. My job is to help you to perfect it.


You have written the book, the characters are developed, the document is complete, and you have done a round or two of editing. At this stage, depending on the quality of the writing, I may suggest moderate rewriting and reorganization. It is my task to help you make the writing as clear and coherent as possible, which means I will often question exactly what you meant to say in a particular sentence, paragraph, or chapter. This is nit-picking, but with purpose. Again, it often frustrates writers, but it is necessary if you want to perfect your manuscript.


The story is where you want it to be, and it needs only a mechanical edit. This involves the correction of misspellings, punctuation errors, and formatting errors, plus correction of grammar, word usage, capitalization, and formatting. I will also check for any glaring errors in the story. This is where I polish your prose.


The final stage of the editing process, preparing it to submit to an agent or to a digital press. I make sure there are no errors in spelling, grammar, or punctuation. Your manuscript will be polished when you send it into the world.

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