I offer complete book editing from first draft to final manuscript (recommended 3-5 rounds of editing). The #1 Amazon bestselling books Passionistas, The Little Black Book of Fitness, and Mom & Dadpreneurs were crafted in six rounds of editing and checks.
The following five steps show you an overview of the editing process I recommend, but each book and author is different, so we will tailor the process to your needs. Fees are structured by the hour to give you maximum flexibility. Depending on the quality of writing, you can expect an editing speed of 3-6 pages per hour.
Editing well takes time, and I am able to commit to a limited number of clients. For instructions on how to lock in time with me, scroll all the way to the bottom.
My Recommended Editing Process:
- Content and Structural Edit and Overall Formatting – In the first round, I do an overview of the entire work and give feedback on elements such as quality of content, strength of message, organization of chapters and sections, etc. I will give feedback in written comments and an in-depth phone call. You have the opportunity to make big changes here.
- Line Edit – In the second round, I make sure every sentence, word, letter, period, semicolon, and space in your book is in the perfect place. This is what most people think of when they think of editing.
- Second Line Edit (Recommended) – It’s best to check these things twice. We will often find further errors to correct in an additional line edit.
- Proofread – Less intensive than a line edit, a proofread catches any errors or typos we have missed before publication.
- Final check(s) (Recommended) – One more check through everything before the book is formatted and after the book is formatted (to make sure nothing has gone awry).
Editing Will Include:
Editing is very unlike reading for pleasure. It involves careful consideration of a long list of aspects. Following is a partial list of elements I address when editing your manuscript.
- Especially compound words and every name of a person, place, company, or other proper noun
- Reworking rough sentences or transitions
- Eliminating unnecessary words
- Transitions from one topic to another
- Overall topic organization
- Word choice
- Ensuring the author presents enough information so readers with various levels of expertise can understand and eliminating unnecessary info gaps
- Define abbreviations in captions as well as in the main text so skimming readers don’t have to search to find the abbreviation’s meaning
- For example, did the author use an abbreviation throughout, or did she use the full term sometimes and the abbreviation other times?
- Appropriate citation of references
- Making sure jargon is used appropriately if it needs to be used at all
- Considering the potential impact of statements on people with other identities including those of other sex, gender, marital status, race, nationality, socio-economic class, age, sexuality, etc.
- Including formatting, uppercase versus lowercase, standardizing references, trademarks versus generic names
- For example, what works best for reader comprehension here: straight text, a bulleted list versus a numbered list, a sidebar, a table, a figure?
- Accuracy of major historical events, dates, and locations
- Consistency in character and place traits as well as event chronology
- Unclear or illogical scene choreography and logistics
- For example, making sure you don’t open a door to find something surprising, then are standing behind a closed door in the next sentence.
- Story arc, character development and viewpoint, plot pacing, emotional impact, and genre conventions
Wherever necessary, I will prepare style sheets that cover items such as terms and conventions used in the manuscript, characters and relationships, setting details, and story timeline. For a further glimpse at my editing philosophy, check out the writing mechanics classic The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White.
While I make notes on all of the items above, my imperative is to preserve the author’s unique voice. All of these elements may not be addressed in the first round of editing, but before the book is finalized, they will all be checked thoroughly.
Do you have further questions about what is involved in the editing process? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To work with me, I request you book a minimum 10 hour retainer. To book your retainer, visit https://www.paypal.me/takarasights and enter $350. (If you know you will need more hours with me, you are welcome to book a larger retainer. Simply enter the appropriate amount at $35/hour.) My company name is Earth & Sky Works, and you should see my photo.
I look forward to working with you!