Whether you've written a novel, collection of stories, chapbook of poetry, cookbook, manual, or brochure, copy editing ensures that your ideas come across clearly. In the copy editing process, errors in punctuation, spelling and grammar are corrected, and the voice of the author is made consistent across the document. More substantive or developmental editing services are also available. Developmental editing is analysis based, with the goal of creating an effective overall document. It may include rearranging parts of a book, cutting or noting weak sections and giving suggestions for revision, correcting instances of a passive voice, reviewing a writer's tone and diction, as well as general copy editing.
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WHY HIRE AN EDITOR?
Well, most likely you’ve been staring at your own manuscript long enough for the type to go swimmy before your eyes. It’s hard to see the inconsistencies, typos, and grammatical errors. A new set of eyes is always a good thing. As a working poet, writer, and editor, I take seriously the responsibility of shepherding new work through the revision and editing process. I follow the Chicago Manual of Style, unless otherwise instructed, and will edit as superficially or substantively as you wish.
WHAT DOES AN EDITOR DO, SPECIFICALLY?
An editor makes sure that your manuscript is the very best that it can be. Attention is paid to consistency of style, voice, and diction; typos and grammatical errors are corrected; citations are formatted; a table of contents and/or index is created; and, in some cases, extensive foundational revisions are made.
WHAT TYPES OF BOOKS CAN BENEFIT FROM AN EDITOR?
All types of books! Editors can polish novels; short story collections; poetry, nonfiction, cooking, technical, medical, children's books; posters, invitations, promotional materials; and more.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO EDIT A MANUSCRIPT?
There’s no way to give a real estimate without knowing more about the project. The length of the editing process varies dependent on the amount of editing and revision needed, the length of the manuscript, the number of images, availability, etc. If you’re interested, please email us so we can discuss your project (no obligation).