This editing package looks at the big picture and the overall organization, tone, and content of your manuscript, in order to clarify any vagueness and uncertainty. More specifically, this package
- Provides ways for the author to show rather than tell
- Ensures that the manuscript is organized clearly for readers to understand the story
- Addresses the manuscript's tone and how it speaks to readers
- Offers suggestions or gives clearer explanations, analogies, and so on
- Identifies sentence structure and word usage
- Strives for logic and consistency
- Examines the way the manuscript addresses the reader
- Detects factual errors
Specifically for fiction and memoir manuscripts, the development editing service may address issues with the following elements (and an example question I may pose):
- Character development: Are the characters lifelike, original, and three-dimensional?
- Plot and pacing: Is the plot unique and interesting? Does the story move at the right pace?
- Point of view: Are you consistent with point of view so readers can easily follow along?
- Dialogue: Is the dialogue natural, or does it seem contrived? Is it necessary to make your point?
- Description: Does the text give too little or too much description
- Conflict and resolution: Do you have tension that builds up to a resolution? Is it realistic?
- Theme: What are the main ideas you want readers to take away after reading and are you successful?
- Symbolism and imagery: Do you rely too heavily on symbols and imagery or not at all?
- Setting: Do the location and time fit the story?
This service includes two rounds of editing: a comprehensive first round followed by a second round that focuses on the revisions that you've made after reviewing the first round. This service includes an author letter where I explain the edits. It also includes a thirty-minute phone call where you can ask for any clarification and advice after reviewing the first round edits.
This service is 2 cents per word, per round of editing.