I offer a variety of editing services, depending on what stage your manuscript is at. If you are unsure about what level of editing your manuscript needs, please refer to the notes below.
I can provide a report on your manuscript to help you prepare it for submission to an agent or publisher or to help you identify what steps you need to take before self-publishing. I will assess the quality of the writing and offer constructive feedback on your manuscript.
I also recommend Jeanne Bannon, an author and editor who has worked in publishing for over 20 years, for fiction manuscript assessments. You can find Jeanne at Inspired to Write.
A structural edit ensures that your manuscript is organised logically, and that the language and tone are consistent and suitable for your audience. During a structural edit, I can help you identify sections of text that could be rearranged. I can also offer suggestions for rewriting in order to convey your message more effectively.
For fiction manuscripts, I will assess content issues such as consistency in characterisation, effectiveness of dialogue and point-of-view problems.
After a structural edit and rewriting, your manuscript needs to be copyedited. During copyediting, I will meticulously check your manuscript for correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. I will check facts and ensure consistency. In addition, I will make suggestions for improving sentence structure and word choice, while being respectful of your unique voice as an author. For fiction manuscripts, I will identify any content issues that still need to be addressed.
When copyediting, I adhere to house style or develop an editorial style sheet for your individual project. I have experience with copyediting for Australian, Canadian, UK and US authors.
After you have revised your manuscript following the copyediting process, a designer will lay the manuscript out for printing and/or prepare it for ebook conversion. Proofreading is conducted at this stage to find any remaining errors before publication. I can provide a diligent and thorough proofread, paying close attention to detail.