The Editing Process
Levels of Service
Developmental (Macro) Edit
I critically examine the manuscript for a variety of elements, including but not limited to:
- Style & Voice
- Character Development
- Point of View
- Details & Accuracy
- Show vs. Tell
- Passive Voice
This is an intensive evaluation and usually takes two to three weeks to complete. Comments and suggestions are made in the document (Word’s Track Changes), and I include a multi-page report with my findings.
The standard charge is $0.03 (3 cents) per word.
Line (Micro) Edit
This form of editing is a close look at the words and syntax of your manuscript. I find and suggest changes to problem areas such as:
- Passive Voice
- Overuse of Adverbs
- Dialogue Tags
- Incorrect Words (See page on homophones and eggcorns)
- Spelling, Punctuation, Tense, and other Grammar Issues
This process takes one to two weeks, and all suggestions are made in Word’s Track Changes, so you can accept or decline them. We all have our individual voices, and the last thing I want to do is to inadvertently change yours.
The cost of this service is $0.02 (2 cents) per word.
This is the last editing phase before submitting your work to an agent, a small publisher, or self-publishing. In this edit, I read the words and sentences for spelling and punctuation…forward and backward. Yes, I read the manuscript backward, too. This prevents me from becoming enamored with the story and missing my editing duties. Note that I do NOT consider the technical aspects of the writing in this type of edit.
The standard cost for this is $0.01 (1 cent) per word.