Book Manuscript & Document Editing
- Manuscript Evaluations
- Developmental Editing
Nothing is more rewarding for a writer than the experience of working with a skilled editor who helps draw the gold of a manuscript to the surface. I offer a variety of services to help authors in every stage of developing their manuscript from assisting with writing outlines, developing content, and copyediting to helping authors decide how to publish and market their book.
When an author has a great idea but needs help organizing it into a cohesive manuscript, he or she needs developmental editing. An editor works to reorganize the manuscript by moving chapters, sections, and paragraphs. An editor may walk alongside an author from the conception of an idea all the way through the writing, editing, and publishing process. If requested, editors may write or revise significant portions to bring order, focus, and substance to the main theme.
If you compare a book to a house, developmental editors show up during construction and make adjustments to the blueprints.
Copyediting is what most people think of when they hear the term editing. An editor’s goal is not to impose his or her own writing style upon the author’s, but rather to identify technical errors and to draw the author’s attention to unclear passages. While content editing examines what is being said, copyediting examines how something is said. Before editing commences, the author and editor discuss and agree upon a level of editing for the manuscript.
Generally a manuscript will go through at least two rounds of editing. The first may include comments and queries from the editor to the author that draw his or her attention to potentially confusing or offensive passages that the editor suggests be revised. An author will review the first round of editing corrections, approve (or decline) them, and respond to comments and queries that the editor as raised. The second round of editing will address any author corrections and additions as well as further examine the manuscript for ease of reading, formatting mistakes, and punctuation errors.
Correct punctuation, spelling, capitalization, typographical errors, grammar, correct word usage, subject/verb agreement, specialized terms.
Correct sentence structure and or sentence level within paragraphs and add/change paragraph breaks. Make sure material is logical and understandable, correct continuity problems, note missing references for documentation, as well as flag inaccuracies and inconsistencies.
Write transitional sentences, reorganize paragraphs within chapters, and add topic-appropriate subheadings. Write transitional paragraphs and reorganize paragraphs as necessary for logical flow of ideas and content. Insert required documentation and/or rewrite/delete references.
Review manuscript for redundancies, sentence clarity (content not grammatical), word choice (not just correct, but best choice), and maintenance of tone/voice. Review manuscript for consistency of style and mood or presentation of content. Analyze the point of view chosen for each scene (fiction). Cross-check references, figures, tables, equations, etc. (non-fiction). Point out items that may require permission from the copyright holder.