What I Do
At each step of the process, you want someone with you who understands the big picture as well as the small details. The editorial services I offer span the spectrum from structural and developmental editing to focused line editing. Refine your tentative idea into a working plan, or, when your manuscript is done, tighten up your pitch and query letter. Whatever your needs are, talk to me, let's start working.
Developmental editing (also called structural or substantive editing) focuses on the structure and flow of your manuscript. This provides an 10,000-foot view down onto the roadmap of your work, deciding how the information is organized, and making sure that necessary connections exist from one place to the next. For a nonfiction book, memoir, or guide, this helps assess whether the organization is understandable, whether the pacing is correct, and if the tone matches the work and remains consistent throughout. For fiction, the developmental editing process assesses plot, structure, character, style, voice, and other essential components to making a great story.
Copyediting and Line Editing
Just like planting flowers next to a highway, for obvious reasons, copyedits and line edits work best when you've got the 'road' of the story locked and settled. Copyediting focuses more on technical correctness, capitalization, punctuation, and all of the little details that help maintain internal consistency of your work. Was that character blonde in chapter two, but a redhead by chapter six? Let's talk. Line editing looks more at voice and style, watching for things such as inconsistent tone, dialogue that sounds off, redundancy, and tightening up scenes. It's more stylistic, more about flow and elegance than pure technical review.
Pitch and Query LEtter Editing
Once you've finished your book, how do you get someone to read it and love it the way you do? Understanding the language of pitches, synopses, and query letters means reviewing the submission guidelines, following a specific format, and giving the acquisitions editor, or agent, precisely the information they want. The process can be trying, but with the best query letter, you have a better chance of being seen the way you want to be seen. If a synopsis is requested, I can help distill down your story when you've read through it so many times you're starting to go cross-eyed.