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Line Editing

I provide line editing, which is editing on the level of the sentence (and sometimes the paragraph). It focuses on correcting mistakes while also improving flow and readability. Line editing does not provide feedback on plot, character development, scene structure, etc. (that is the domain of developmental editing). Line editing typically comes after you're happy with the bones of your story and you're ready to start preparing the text for publication.

Services and Rates

Unlike many editors, I don't use common terms like "copyediting" or "proofreading" to describe my services because every edit is different and every book has its own needs. To provide maximum flexibility, I simply classify my services by how many times I review the text. I offer a single-pass service and two double-pass services. What's best for your book depends on your goals, the quality of your prose, and, of course, your budget. See below for a description of each service. The rates are there, too.

Single-Pass Editing

The single-pass service focuses in correcting the text by fixing grammar and spelling and ensuring internal consistence and adherence to major style guides. For texts with a high frequency of errors, I recommend the double-pass service.

$8.25 USD per 1000 words

Double-Pass Editing

Most authors opt for the double-pass service, which focuses on improving the text. In addition to correcting errors, double-pass editing aims to improve flow and readability by upgrading word choice and enhancing sentence structure. The purpose of the second pass is to catch any final mistakes that made it through the first pass.

$12.00 USD per 1000 words

Complex Editing

For projects that require a bit more work and attention, complex editing can help. Complex editing is recommended for very novice writers or authors who speak English as a second language. Like double-pass editing, complex editing reviews the text twice. There is also a strong educational component to complex editing, and many authors like to submit smaller chunks of text for feedback while they practice and improve their craft.

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My Philosophy and Method

I tend to follow Merriam-Webster dictionary's view on language: regular, sustained usage determines correctness, not the preferences of some long-dead grammarian. In other words, I believe that it's fine to split your infinitives, end your sentences with prepositions, or use the odd sentence fragment. Above all, clarity is king.

I also embrace technology and use whatever tools are at my disposal. In addition to programs like Grammarly and ProWritingAid, I also use Microsoft Word's advanced search functions, text-to-speech apps, and even Microsoft Excel (to find missing quotation marks and punctuation).

Get a Free Editing Sample

Want to see what my editing services can do for your book? Click here to send me a message and request a free editing sample of around 1000 words!