Do you have an idea for an amazing story lurking deep in your mind, but aren’t quite sure where to start? I can help you to develop and refine your topic, plan the structure, develop an outline, and I can even coach you through your writing, chapter by chapter. You can invest in as little as a 1 hour block of time, and can break that up into 30 minute increments to work on any of the services I offer.
Your story is a work of passion, and you’ve grown to love it, much like you would your own baby. But sometimes, at least as it pertains to writing, you need someone to tell you that you have an ugly baby so that you can improve it, transforming your work of art into a masterpiece.
The impact, clarity, and emotion of your story depends on how your narrative is revealed to your readers. In nonfiction I am looking first at the purpose of the content, and then the tone, organization, and magnitude changes. In fiction I check plot, characters, settings, narrator, genre, point of view, psychic distance, continuity—basically anything that has to do with the story itself.
Your language works together with your narrative to create a truly great story, and I ensure that during the line edit. The focus here is on how the words affect the narrative. I check for word choice, sentence and paragraph structure, style, cadence, and intensity. This is also the phase where I check the level of vocabulary to ensure it matches the target demographic as that may influence the understanding of the content.
When you’ve poured your heart and soul into your story, it’s easy to lose sight of mundane language rules. The copy edit is where I check to make sure that you’ve followed the rules and guidelines of the English language. The focus is on the words themselves: spelling, grammar, and punctuation. I check for tense, subject/verb agreement, and for repeated or omitted words. I also look at consistency of syntax to ensure your manuscript is uniform.
After you receive the proofs, or galleys of your story from the publisher, I meticulously proofread them, comparing them to the original manuscript to ensure that everything is correct. Here, I check for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax. Proofreading is like a copyedit that focuses on how the words look on the page.