Essay, story or book, I can help you refine your work so your reader takes a journey—which will help agents take action and editors take note.
I help writers streamline prose. This means reordering and shaping text to heighten emotion and movement (for fiction and memoir writers) and clarity (for professional, educational and business writers). I call this line editing—helping you paragraph by paragraph—once the structure is pretty much in place. We all have emotional attachments to the words we write. I like to help you figure out what stays and what goes.
Line editing differs from developmental editing, proofreading and copyediting:
Developmental editing requires a big-picture (macro) view of the work. It is an art, skill and craft unto itself that requires the honed ability to see cause and effect on a very large scale.
Proofreading, conversely, involves a micro view of the manuscript. A proofreader looks for spelling and glaring errors and corrects punctuation.
Copyediting takes proofreading a step further and a step wider. A copyeditor does what a proofreader does and also looks for inconsistencies within the manuscript as a whole (not just sentence by sentence). Both copyediting and proofreading require an in-deep knowledge of grammar and style.
Line editing, what I do, is about shaping sentences for delivery, paying attention to voice, point of view, dialogue, description, scene development and movement. All steps—developmental editing, line editing and proofreading—go into completing a written work of art or science.
It’s important to know what your project needs before you hire an editor. Contact me to discuss your manuscript’s needs. Consultations are often useful for writers who have been through several rewrites and may be seeking clarity for next steps. I work in the following areas:
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