There are different types of editing:
- Developmental editing – This involves altering the structure of a book to ensure clarity and flow. The editor might move chapters around and might move paragraphs/sections around within a chapter.
- Line/copy editing – This includes improvements to grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure, but it doesn’t usually involve changes in structure.
- Proofreading – This corrects any remaining mistakes in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and consistency.
While I have performed all three of these editing functions, I usually work as a combination developmental/line editor, helping book authors to properly structure their books, as well as ensure that sentence structure, spelling, grammar, and punctuation are all correct and optimal.
I strongly recommend that a proofreader is hired right before publishing or turning in a manuscript. It’s always a good idea to have more than two sets of eyes on a book to catch any additional mistakes.
Even if you aren’t sure which type of editing you need, feel free to give me a call!
How does it work?
If you decide you want to write your book or book proposal yourself, I can help you in the beginning stages to determine the title and focus of your book, as well as the outline. I can edit it chapter by chapter as you finish, or I can edit the entire manuscript at once.
All writers need editors. No matter how hard we try, we become myopic about our work and need an objective eye to make sure the writing is clear and interesting.
Whether you’re self-publishing or have a deadline with a traditional publisher, my goal is to present your manuscript to you in ready-to-publish form.
Contact me at (718) 382-4530 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about my editing services.