As an experienced freelance editor, I understand that each author and business has a unique audience, and a unique way of communicating with that audience. Whatever the style of your communication or content, I offer high-quality editing services personalized for your needs.If you don't see a specific service listed below, please do feel free to contact me and ask about it!
I offer a variety of services, including:
Also known as stylistic editing, line editing entails careful stylistic editing on a sentence-by-sentence (or "line-by-line") basis. Together, we'll make sure your content is consistently and clearly expressed in polished, confident, and engaging prose. While copy editing and line editing share some similarities, line editing focuses mainly on style and does not generally include exhaustive editing for grammar, spelling, and other errors (although if I see them while line editing, I will certainly flag them or correct them for you!). Since manuscripts will need further revision by the author after line editing, subsequent copy editing is usually recommended.
The goal of copy editing is to produce the most readable, error-free prose. This is a very technical level of editing, which involves correcting grammar, spelling, and syntactical errors; identifying factual inaccuracies and unclear prose; and ensuring that the manuscript conforms to the appropriate style manual or house style of a publisher or journal. While copy editing, I may suggest minor changes to sentence or paragraph structure that would improve the clarity or style of your prose, as I would in line editing--but these are always just suggestions, and that is not the focus of a copy edit. Copy editing differs from proofreading in that proofreading takes place after typesetting and formatting, corrects only formatting errors and typos, and does not suggest changes for clarity or style.
You might not need an edit of your written content; maybe you just need to reformat a manuscript to get it into condition for submission to a publisher, meet a publisher's style requirements, or to change up the look of your business documents. Formatting includes changing the shape, look, and layout of your document--changing line and paragraph spacing, margins, heading styles, header/footer styles, page number placement and ordering, etc. I can reformat your manuscript for you, or simply ensure that your formatting meets the guidelines and correct it if necessary. Formatting can sometimes be quite tricky and technical and can happen at a late stage in the publishing process, leading to stress for authors--I can handle it for you.
Proofreading is the final check of a manuscript before it goes to the printer, and it generally takes place after typesetting and after the author has received a “proof” of the manuscript (that is, the formatted and typeset document). While many publishers perform copy edits and proofreading of manuscripts in-house or with freelancers, not all do, and proofreading is sometimes the responsibility of the author. During proofreading I will correct errors and typos introduced during typesetting or missed in earlier stages of editing and ensure the accuracy and consistency of formatting, such as page numbers, running heads, the table of contents, etc. I will not suggest improvements to prose or read for accuracy and clarity of content. The time for that is in line editing and copy editing! In self-publishing contexts or when preparing a manuscript for submission to an agent or publisher, proofreading can involve one last look at the manuscript and supply final corrections of minor errors, typos, and formatting errors or inconsistencies.
Checking factual assertions in a work of non-fiction.
Gathering and reporting on specific information requested by an author or client, for example, collecting phone numbers, data sets, information on a specific topic, etc., and putting it into easily readable formats such as tables, a short report, etc..