There are many types of editing involved in the publishing process. I am
specifying the types of editing I'm offering, in general, here, with
these titles. Other people may refer to them by different terms. I have
performed these jobs professionally under various terms at various
places. For specific requests, please contact me.
Editing of novel-length work begins with a
500-word sample edit so you can see how I work and we can determine if
we'll work well together. It's a collaborative process!
I will note errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling (general
American or British usage and Chicago Manual of Style. Please note:
publishing houses and concerns often have their own, in-house style
guidelines, which are specific and known to their editors. Those
internal guidelines are not at issue in general editing.) Your goal
should be to produce clean, grammatically-correct copy, which I can help
I will provide an overview of the novel or work, focusing on the plot,
consistency, characters/characterization, the strength of the writing
(and avoiding common pitfalls like overwriting), and basic structure.