Creative writing is a very personal experience, requiring a level of commitment beyond that of everyday writing; you write not because your job or your degree requires it of you but because something compels you - some journey to share or some wisdom to impart. Having someone else become a part of that process is extremely difficult. But it's also extremely important.
Whether you're self-publishing, pursuing an agent or traditional publisher, or entering a contest, you need a polished manuscript. After spending weeks, months, or years writing, you're too close to your manuscript. You know what you meant to get on the page, but you can't discern whether you've accomplished it; you can no longer see the words, the gaps. As an objective professional editor, I can.
I offer the following services for fiction authors based on most popular requests, but I can also customize an option to best fit your needs.
Manuscript Evaluation – Recommended for first-time authors looking for some guidance on large-scale revisions before beginning line-by-line editing. It takes the form of an editorial letter and looks at the "big picture," analyzing the content and organization of the manuscript, characterization, point of view, setting, dialogue, voice, and believability. An editorial analysis is not an actual book edit; therefore, overall comments will be made and the actual manuscript may not be marked up.
Detailed Edit – Recommended for authors who have all the story-level pieces in place but want to ensure the writing is polished. This is a thorough sentence-level edit that includes formatting to basic industry standards (or those of a specific agent or publisher) to get your novel ready for submission in addition to copyediting, stylistic editing, and any necessary rewriting. Copyediting fixes grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, typos, and other mechanics of style and also ensures consistency of style. Stylistic editing clarifies meaning, eliminates jargon and clichés, smooths language, and adjusts tone. Rewriting is based on your content and is kept to a minimum. Includes one round of edits along with one round of follow up (in the form of incorporating the author's responses to queries and spot-checking the author's tracked revisions) and a final read. The final read is a sweep as a unified whole to try to ensure all revisions have been inputted correctly and you have a clean file ready for submission. In general, unless another preference is requested, edits will reflect The Chicago Manual of Style, which is the standard for book publishing.
Comprehensive Edit - ReVision Editing's signature service! This is a substantive edit that combines all the elements of the Detailed Edit (see above) while also addressing elements of narrative technique, such as point of view, narrative distance, dialogue tags and beats, filtering, balancing show and tell, backstory, and info-dumping. Other story issues that don't require major revision or rewrites may also be addressed. If this is your first draft or you have concerns about large-scale issues such as plot or structure, you likely aren't ready for a this level of editing. Comments will be specific and marked directly on the manuscript. Includes one round of edits along with two rounds of follow up (in the form of incorporating the author's responses to queries and spot-checking the author's tracked revisions) and a final read. The final read is a sweep as a unified whole to try to ensure all revisions have been inputted correctly and you have a clean file ready for submission. In general, unless another preference is requested, edits will reflect The Chicago Manual of Style, which is the standard for book publishing.
Copyediting- Just want the basics? A single round of editing to address errors in spelling, punctuation, formatting, and grammar as well as typos, inconsistencies, omissions, and incorrect word usage.
Novel Beginnings - The beginning of your novel has a lot of work to do: hook the reader, introduce the protagonist, and move the story forward, to name a few. It is also what interested agents, publishers, and contest judges will ask to see. Novel Beginnings is a substantive edit of the first 5,000 words of your novel to help you craft a strong start to your story. Please include a detailed synopsis of the entire story when you submit these first pages.
Query Letter Critique and Editing - A query letter explains who you are and what your manuscript is about. If you're ready to send your manuscript out to agents or acquisitions editors, you'll need a great query letter to get that all-important request for sample chapters. Includes critique, editing as required, one round of follow up, and a final read.
Synopsis Critique and Editing - A synopsis is a summary of your manuscript. Many agents and acquisitions editors want to be sure your story is solid before they invest hours reading your complete manuscript. You'll get the most out of this service if I have already worked with you on your manuscript because I will have read your whole story. Includes critique, editing as required, one round of follow up, and a final read.
Subsequent Edits - Additional rounds of editing are available at an hourly rate.
Sample Edit – I offer a free short sample edit of the manuscript you are considering submitting for an edit (one per client). This allows you to feel confident that you are receiving a high-quality edit and allows me to assess your work for editing scope and turnaround time.
Microsoft Word Editing Functions Tutorial - All editing work is done electronically using Microsoft Word's "track changes" and "comments balloons," which allow you to maintain full control over editorial changes. My services include a free tutorial on working with these features so you can handle your edited file with confidence.