Editing Services

What type of editing do you need?

Developmental Editing

If you have an idea for a book but don’t know exactly how to proceed, a developmental editor can help. A developmental editor will work with you to turn your rough notes into a story synopsis and detailed outline, giving you the tools you need to write your first draft.

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What to expect from EditABook:

  • A series of communications to develop your ideas
  • A strategy for creating a story synopsis and chapter-by-chapter outline
  • Feedback on your synopsis and outline to ensure that the plot, characterization and pacing are strong—before you begin to write
  • A timeline for the development of your first draft

Substantive Editing

Once you’ve completed a solid draft of your work, it’s time to step back and look at the big picture.  Does the reader understand what you’re trying to say?  Are there any gaps in the plot or the characters’ motivations? A substantive editor will get to the core of the story, making notes on characterization, plot, setting, structure, pacing and voice. You’ll get a fresh perspective on what’s working—and what isn’t—and suggestions on how to rework your manuscript so that every scene sings.

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What to expect from EditABook:

  • A written evaluation of your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses
  • A strategy for fixing the sections that aren’t quite working
  • A phone conversation to discuss ideas and get to the heart of what needs to be done to make your story successful

Line Editing

A line edit is about the details. In a line edit, the editor will go through your manuscript word by word, looking for areas that need clarification.  A line editor will eliminate jargon, smooth the language, find repetition and ensure that the work is consistently compelling.

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What to expect from EditABook:

  • An electronic line-by-line edit of your manuscript using Track Changes. This feature shows any changes, queries and suggestions made by the editor, right in your document.

Book Proposal Development

You have been living with your book for a long time and you know it intimately. A book proposal is a way for you to explain what your book is about to someone else—a publisher or a literary agent, for example. A book proposal should be concise, focused and compelling. It should showcase your strengths and attract attention. A book proposal is used to sell your project.

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What to expect from EditABook:

  • A conversation—or more than one–to determine the key selling features of your story.
  • An outline for your proposal
  • Professional feedback from an experienced editor who has seen hundreds, if not thousands, of successful and unsuccessful proposals

A Partial Edit

If a complete edit is not in your budget right now, you may wish to have the first three or four chapters reviewed and/or edited. You will receive feedback on structure, plotting, characterization and pacing that will help get you pointed in the right direction.

Consulting/Career Strategy

Are you interested in publishing traditionally, or self-publishing? Perhaps you’ve finished your first book, but you’re not sure what to do next.  No matter where you are in your writing career, I will work with you to examine your options and help you develop a strategy for achieving your goals.

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What to expect from EditABook:

  • A conversation to determine where you are in your career, and where you’d like to be.
  • A brainstorming session to examine a range of options for your next steps.
  • A written strategy that outlines your action plan.