Interested in varying degrees of involvement in the production of a finished work.
Ethics professor with Doctorate and ability to author, edit, rewrite, and review books, manuscripts, essays, speeches, articles, blog posts, stories, reports, white papers, ghostwrite, and other texts that are officially credited to another person or with attribution.
Accomplished writer, educator, proof-reading, material content on a variety of topics, scope, and academic readership levels.
Proofreading is the last step in the editing process before publishing. It focuses mainly on word choice, punctuation, spelling, syntax, and grammar, and is essentially a final read-through to make sure your book doesn’t have any surface errors.
Proofreading focuses on fixing:
- Capitalization errors
- Grammatical errors
- Word choice
- Missing or repeated words
- Eliminating unnecessary words.
Proofreading service does not focus on improving sentence structure, maintaining consistency, or improving clarity and logic of scenes. This is line editing.
Copy or Line editing focuses on improving sentence structure, looking at the logic and clarity of scenes or topic flow, maintaining consistency, rhythm of sentences, and breaking up too-long paragraphs and run-on sentences. It makes sure, for example, that each character/subject topic is consistent. If something is unclear or hard to understand, this level of service will ensure it is clear and reads easily.
A good copyedit will improve the structure and flow of the text and may involve some rewriting. Once the text has been copyedited, proofreading is done to check for spelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors.
Line editing focuses on improving:
- Sentence structure
- Clarity and sense of scenes
- Awkward phrasing
- Content of storyline
- Consistency of characters and actions
- Rhythm (ensures a mix of long and short sentences for improved flow)
- Gerunds, nominalizations, and passive voice
- Parallelism and correlative conjunctions
- Breaks up too-long paragraphs
Line editing service does not focus on word choice, punctuation, spelling, repetitiveness, or grammar. This is proofreading.
Full Manuscript Critique ~ Many clients start with a manuscript critique, a process in which the entire manuscript is read to get a feel for the characters, setting, overall story arc, tone and quality of writing, or any problem spots. Manuscript critique includes an evaluation report which evaluates and details problem spots, offer suggestions for improving the structure of the manuscript, and address any issues in topic presentation, character development, plot/subplots, voice and tone, writing quality, narrative style, and everything in between.
The manuscript critique process addresses issues that a first-time reader may find too vague, off topic, unclear and inconsistent. Manuscript recommendations for the next steps if it needs proofreading or line editing.
This process does not include editing or ghostwriting of any kind.
First Chapter Critique service offers nearly all the services as a full manuscript critique, while only looking at the most important part of your book: the first chapter. This service includes an evaluation report which detail problem spots, offer suggestions for improving the structure of the manuscript, and address any issues in character development, plot/subplots, tone and voice, quality of writing, and everything in between.
This process does not include any editing or ghostwriting of any kind.
Blurb Writing known as the “back cover description” of any book, tells readers what your story or non-fiction work is about, drawing them in and encouraging them to buy the book. This critical aspect of any book’s marketing plan converts potential readers into buyers. This is the hook for your book and can be used for many purposes.
Query Letter Writing is the pitch or first contact between the author and a potential publisher or agent. A concise and effective query letters introduces you and your manuscript. It improves the opportunities to secure a publisher or agent interest.
Book Synopsis Writing is requested by agents and publishers. The request is made as they consider representing your manuscript. The industry standard for a synopsis is 1 page per 50,000 words.
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