Manuscript Overview: Sometimes initial feedback is needed by a writer regarding their manuscript before any editing begins. This type of review is provided to give you initial impressions about your work. An overview offers you feedback for what is working well and where more development may be required. Areas of assessment include general storyline, description of place and settings, character development, as well as the use of dialogue. In the case of memoir, I look at the depth and breadth of what you wish to convey, taking into consideration who your audience may be and what you wish to have them gain from your experiences. As a part of an overview, I offer examples and suggestions to give you a sense of where you'll go next.
Substantive/Heavy Editing (1st Level Edit): At this level of editing, I provide content editing, including flow, pacing, plot, character and scene development, dialogue, voicing, style, length, continuity, and logic, along with initial line editing, as described in the 2nd Level Edit. This level is recommended for the first edit of a manuscript or for an article or blog that must be condensed to fit space requirements in a publication. My editing at this level combines content and initial line editing into one and helps strengthen your writer's voice. For books, a 1st Level Edit is performed, followed by a 2nd Level Edit after the initial changes have been made. A 3rd Level proofreading is almost always required when editing books; in other cases, it is encouraged, especially when additional changes are made as a result of the 2nd Level Edit.
Medium Line Editing (2nd Level Edit): This level of editing is ideal for an edit of smaller pieces. It's always a good idea to have another pair of eyes scan your document for accuracy before having it printed, putting it on your website, turning in an important project, or submitting an article for publication. The 2nd Level Edit looks at the structure of your sentences and paragraphs, checking for spelling, grammar, correct word usage, punctuation, spacing, indentation, and style guide adherence. It can also include additional changes and tweaking to content. For a manuscript that will be published as a book, this level of editing is performed as the second edit of the manuscript.
Extensive Content Edit: This level of editing checks for everything in the 1st & 2nd Level Edits, plus accuracy of facts. This is a full content edit with fact checking. This type of editing is recommended for technical documents and reference works.
Proofreading (3rd Level Edit): Many people think that editing and proofreading are synonymous. A proofread is an in-depth line-by-line final read-through of your manuscript to ensure that all spelling, grammar, and punctuation is correct and details and style are consistent. It should be performed by a person other than the editor to ensure that a fresh set of eyes reviews your manuscript one last time. This is normally required as a third level of review for a book project.
PLEASE NOTE: For all levels of editing, you will receive your document in an electronic Microsoft Word file with areas noted (using “comments” and “track changes”) where changes are needed, along with any suggested modifications. If we agree that I will make changes, those will also be notated.
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