Editing

Commas to Content

 

Here is what I can do for you:

  1. Proofreading. This is not only plain vanilla in the world of editing, it is non-fat plain vanilla. It should go without saying that when I work on your manuscript, I will find and fix typos, misspelling, punctuation problems, and formatting. Basic 101: Not ready for the runway, but presentable.
  2. Copyediting.  All of the above, of course, and a thorough grammar overhaul into the bargain. Also, I will suggest alternatives for words I feel are misused, overused, or just not the best choice.
  3. Substantive Editing. This is where working with me really pays off for my clients. When I accept a manuscript for editing, if I find inconsistencies in plot or character, logical flaws, loose ends, or factual errors—even if the client was initially only looking for a quick polishing—I will bring this to his or her attention so we can decide how to proceed. This happens more often than not.
  4. Opinions. I admit it. I’m opinionated. Because I collaborate with my clients, I enjoy the give and take of questions and feedback. Sometimes in the margins, sometimes by email or phone, I make sure my writers know what makes me laugh or cry or think, and what I think needs a rewrite or a trip to the cutting-room floor.
  5. Before We Begin. Rather than putting samples of my editing up here on my website—which would be, among other things, an egregious breach of privacy of another client—I will be happy to edit a small section of your manuscript. That way, you can see how you’ll feel about my handling your work, and I can get a rough idea of what may be involved in working on your project and give you a reasonable estimate of the time I expect it to take.
  6. Oh, and One More Thing. I offer discounts for students and seniors. I accept MasterCard, VISA, and PayPal. I invoice my clients in percentage-of-completion installments, so that when the project is finished, we’re both happy. How often in life does that happen?

Ping me now for a FREE sample edit.

Whether you are looking for a touch-up or deep, substantive editing, I offer the sense and the sensibility to polish your work to a smooth and shimmering finish. With all due modesty, I must say that if you want to be the best writer you can be, find the best editor you can find, and hire her.* Every writer needs an editor. Writers are much too close to their work to be able to see where it might benefit from a bit of judicious pruning or tweaking or excision. Every writer needs an editor.

Arthur Plotnik, American editor, writer, and poet, says it perfectly:

You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you, and we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.

*Seriously. Hire me. You’ll be glad you did!

 

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