Services

Line Editing

Two read-throughs of your manuscript to address the creative content at the sentence and paragraph level. Edits at this stage focus on flow, pacing, tension, tone, effective language, character development, and narrative arc. I’m available to line edit novels and short stories. I work in Word using Track Changes to make edits directly in the text or as suggestions in comment bubbles, depending on your preference.

Copyediting

Two read-throughs of your manuscript with a focus on standardizing spelling, punctuation, grammar, and style, as well as checking consistencies in timeline, character traits, and scene blocking. While I’ve copyedited nonfiction in the past, I specialize in copyediting novels for both young and adult readers. In addition, I am available to copyedit cover copy, promotional material, and website copy. I work in Word using Track Changes to make edits directly in the text and use comment bubbles to query global changes or anything confusing. I can follow your preferred style guide or The Chicago Manual of Style, and I provide a custom style sheet for each book.

Proofreading

Two read-throughs of your typeset pages. Proofreading either the first or second pass of your book involves flagging any lingering editorial errors, typographical errors, alignment errors, tight or loose lines, and inconsistent design elements. It can also include a comparison against the foul matter (either the setting copy or the previous typeset pass). I can proofread either the hard copy or the soft copy of the typeset pages and am familiar with both standard proofreaders’ marks and the markup tools in Adobe Acrobat Reader. I proofread both nonfiction and fiction.

E-Book Quality Control

Once you’ve created your EPUB file for your e-book, a quality control check ensures that your e-book is error-free and matches your print edition. Much like a proofread, this can involve a word-for-word comparison against the print edition, a paragraph-by-paragraph comparison, a full cold read of the text, or a spot-check, depending on how extensive you’d like the review to be. I use Kindle Previewer 3 on a PC to check how the e-book will look in tablet, Kindle, and mobile formats; that all links and cross-references work and make sense; and that the menu functions properly.