Text Editing

MANUSCRIPT EVALUATIONS

Before you submit to an editor, or have a proofreader fix a single typo, a manuscript evaluation can strengthen your creative story line. I can help identify and resolve issues you might be having with pacing, characterization, narrative voice, style, and more. I'll read your manuscript to get a sense of the story, then re-read with attention to the elements you wish to improve. You will then be provided with an evaluation letter outlining my suggestions with the encouragement you deserve to see your words come to life.

DEVELOPMENTAL OR SUBSTANTIVE EDIT

A developmental edit is also known as a substantive edit. As your editor, I'd work side by side with you as you develop your story lines. I'm here as a sounding board to cheer you on towards "The End." Or is it "To be continued..."?

Think of this stage of editing as big picture work. Compare it to a home renovation...this is where walls get moved, plumbing re-routed, and perhaps a wing is added. In your manuscript, it might mean moving large blocks of text, re-ordering chapters, adding new information sooner, and adjusting your teases and clues throughout. There's lots of reorganizing in this stage but the goal is to help your story engage the reader from first to last page.

STYLISTIC EDIT

After a substantive edit comes a stylistic edit, which might also be called a line-by-line edit. This can be a stage all on its own, or be incorporated into a substantive or copy edit service. This is when I'd help you refine your language and word choice throughout. It's less about the idea, and more about how that idea is conveyed. Using the house analogy again, this is when you paint new colours on the walls and change up the throw pillows to suit your style. Do this before worrying about the copy edit. There's no point stressing over spelling and punctuation if you're adjusting vocabulary and sentence structure anyway.

COPY EDIT

Here's where you start to get into the nitty-gritty. During a copy edit, I look for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style. I also pay attention to consistency and continuity. I'll ask you if you have a preferred dictionary or style guide. At this stage, I sometimes catch other things missed in earlier edits and will query you about it. Once the edit is complete, I send you a Word document with tracked changes for you to accept, a memo regarding any issues I found, and a style sheet for you to use with the rest of your publishing team.

PROOFREAD

Hurray! You’ve reached the stage where your manuscript or written copy is ready to send to the printer!  Or is it? Time to call the proofreader!

Even if you’re working with a graphic designer or copyeditor, it’s crucial to have a second set of eyes proofread your project. Save yourself some embarrassment; I bet these people wish they’d hired a proofreader.

I’ll review your work line by line, noting any typographical, grammatical, or formatting issues using conventional style guides. Sure, I’ll mark it up with red lines, but it’s a good thing! I means I’ve spotted the errors instead of your readers.

I work with MS Word documents, Google Docs, PDFs, or hard copies.

Website and Social Media Consulting

Artists

For all those artists who’d rather create in their studio instead of planning posts and tweets, I’ve got your back! I can help establish your social media presence, and support your artistic story line as needed. I have designed several social media workshops geared towards artists, and remain active within the arts community.

Authors

The best time to start promoting your book is about two years before you publish it. The second best time to start is today. Attract loyal fans to your books and website with engaging video trailers and interviews on social media.

WordPress

Relying on social media is like building an empire in rented space. You don’t own it and it can crumble at any time. Having your own website improves your credibility, builds authority, and helps your audience find you faster. I can guide you through the process of starting and maintaining a WordPress website, and then work with you to ensure your site expresses your key messages.

Who Needs an Editor or Proofreader?

If you’re sharing an important message with others, you need a proofreader. Drop me a line to polish any of the following types of projects:

  • blog posts
  • magazine articles
  • essays
  • voiceover or documentary scripts
  • websites
  • promotional materials
  • menus
  • fiction and nonfiction
  • cookbooks
  • other