A content edit includes extensive in-manuscript commentary not only to identify issues and opportunities, but also to explain my reasoning and offer possible solutions. I use the “track changes” and “comment” features in MS Word to point out specific issues or suggest changes. The content edit does not include Copy/line edits, though I often correct some of these.
Areas I address:
• plot logic
• character development
• conflict and goals
• pacing and structure
• metaphors and themes
• story arc
• turning points
• sexual tension
• point of view
Copy/Line Edits focus on the technical aspects of the manuscript and include line edits as needed.
Areas I address:
• word usage
• mechanics of style
• detail and description consistency
• world building consistency
• awkward phrasing
• repetitive language
• minor fact checking
“All of the Above” Full Edit
A Full Edit includes both a content edit and a post-revision copy/line edit. Think of it as a partnership as we work together honing your manuscript together.
My fees vary by project based on the amount of work your manuscript requires. Once I review your sample and we discuss your needs, I provide a quote. Before work begins, I require a nonrefundable deposit equal to one-half the quoted fee. The remainder is due before release of final files.
Content Edit: $.005–$.015 per word (computer word count)
Copy/Line Edit: $.005–$.015 per word (computer word count)
Full Edit: $.010–$.020 per word (computer word count)
And then what?
Once your edit is completed and you accept or decline changes, I highly recommend a proofreader go over the completed work to assure your novel is clean. Proofreading is for double-checking, not assessing or improving. A proofreader checks much of the same things a copy/line editor does, but the difference is the proofreader looks for the mistakes missed during the copy edit. Just like what happens to writers, an editor becomes too close to the material after several read-throughs, and the mind begins to auto-fill what it expects to see. This is why your proofreader should be someone other than your editor. And yes, typos and errors will always slip through during a copy edit.
If you are interested in discussing your project or how I can help, please contact me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org