The Big Picture

There are several stages of editing when it comes to polishing a manuscript. The first to focus on is the developmental edit. With this edit, I look at the larger items and review the story as a whole – what the story about (its premise), how it is carried out (plot structure), and the complexity of the characters (have solid goals and motivations), to name a few.

A Closer Look

After a thorough developmental edit, the next step is a line edit. Line editing takes a closer look at the manuscript, analyzing it line by line, with the focus on grammar, word choices, syntax, and the meaning of each sentence. I will improve your dialogue and weed out cliché, overused jargon, and repetition. The goals is to smooth out the flow, spruce up the narrative, and make the dialogue sound natural and unique to each character based on the personality you’ve created for each.

Although my concentration is adult fiction, I also edit young adult and nonfiction, in particular autobiographies and memoirs.

You may choose one service or a package at a discounted rate.

Because a developmental edit requires taking the entire manuscript into consideration, a sample edit is not available for this particular service.

If you are on a tight deadline, be sure to share this when you request a quote.

Developmental Editing

Line Editing

  • Plot development
  • Character development
  • Anachronism
  • Transitions
  • Theme
  • Conflict
  • Premise
  • Hook
  • Pace
  • Flow
  • Sentence structure
  • Grammar
  • Word choice
  • Cliché
  • Overused jargon
  • Syntax
  • Dialogue
  • Fact-checking
  • Homophones