Like I said in my article on the production process, there are several levels of editing. If you haven’t checked that article out yet, please do–it’s a great primer on what you need to get your book ready to publish. At any rate, I recommend four passes if your production schedule and budget allow, but you may opt for one or two stages. Another factor is you may have had work done on your project by another editor and are wondering how to dovetail my services into your existing work in progress. To give you an idea of what’s included with each pass, I’ve created a chart listing what each level of editing entails. You can also view screenshots of the various phases of editing.
|Clarity of Action
|Point of View Shifts
|Dialogue Grouping / Paragraphing / Removal of Unnecessary Speech Tags
|Spelling & Usage
|Clarity in Writing
|Continuity of Details
|How a Sentence Reads–Is It clunky? Stilted?
|Sentence & Paragraph Pacing
* Line editing may touch on these issues, but developmental editing will cover them in depth.
** Oops Detection will only check for obvious punctuation issues such as missing terminal punctuation.
Want a quick look at some sample pages?
Here are a few screenshots from various projects. I’ve included samples of developmental editing, line editing, proofreading, and Oops Detection. As always, shoot me an email if you have any questions.