- Developmental Editing
- Substantive Editing
- Line Editing and Copyediting
- Manuscript Critique
- Chapter-by-chapter editing & coaching
This is a close reading and thorough analysis of your manuscript that gives you an editor’s unvarnished opinion on big-picture story elements. (In fiction, this might include structural problems, pacing issues, plot holes, characterization and point of view issues, scene dynamics and dialogue, setting and description.)
You will get: a heavily annotated manuscript and a detailed (15+ page) editorial letter identifying your manuscript’s biggest strengths and weaknesses. We then suggest fixes. You will refer to this feedback again and again as you revise. Great both for early drafts and for writers who have polished their sentences but need to go back and rethink structure, plot or other big-picture issues.
This is a two-pass process: first a developmental edit as described above, then line edits and copyedits on your revised manuscript.
Line Edit and Copyedit:
Line editing addresses clarity and flow, sentence structure, redundancies and ambiguity. It aims for consistency and grace. Copyediting addresses spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar and word usage. There is overlap between the two. The goal of both is to preserve the writer’s natural tone while removing errors.
You’ve finished a draft and are looking for editorial guidance without investing in the expense or potentially overwhelming detail of a full-on developmental or substantive edit.
This critique is a close reading of your manuscript, annotations throughout the text, and an editorial letter that gives you an editor’s unvarnished opinion on the book’s readiness for submission / publication, with suggestions on where to focus your revision efforts.
Get your book on track with an intensive 3-month editing and coaching experience.
You will get: chapter-by-chapter editing (10-12 pages at a time), revision comments, and scheduled phone calls to discuss your writing, set goals and overcome challenges.
If you have a stalled project or are losing momentum, this mentoring and editorial service is the perfect combination to get you closer to those two most wonderful words in the writer’s lexicon: THE END.
How to decide?
If you have a book-length manuscript, find more information here.
If you write short stories, visit here.
Still not sure? Contact us and start a conversation.
Here’s a note on scheduling and other practical concerns.