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#1 Proofreading

Basic editing: checking and fixing spelling errors, grammar errors, and simple stylistic edits.

#2 Essential Editing

Includes Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation (the basics), Contextual Spelling (needed for jargon or unique wording specific to a profession or industry), word choice/usage correction and improvement, and limited rework (tightening) of Sentence Structure, Style, and Vocabulary Enhancement (as appropriate and applicable).

    #3 Enhanced Editing, Content Improvement / Rewriting, and Development

    Content Improvement / Rewriting, and Limited Story Rework, Grammar, Punctuation, Contextual Spelling, Rework, Rewrite (as needed), and Improvement of Sentence Structure, Style, and Vocabulary Enhancement.

    Or additional services as applicable, needed, or requested for specific project requirements:

    Fiction Story Final Development, Refinement, and Nonfiction Conversion to Creative Nonfiction: This method includes enhanced editing and additional work to improve the client’s draft (if nonfiction, shaping it to include elements of narrative fiction). Following is the service-level process:

    • Break down the original draft, identifying areas to revise, re-write, and re-sequence as needed to improve.
    • Edit as needed for clarity, cut down on exposition, and do more ‘showing’ than ‘telling.’
    • Look at word choices and sentence structure, and vary phrasing; editing to improve the narrative.
    • Make the story tighter and leaner, eliminating as much passive voice as possible. Remove soft wording and phrasing that creates padding leading to a sense of ‘overwriting’ or bloated writing.
    • Re-aligning content as and if determined, it’s needed to improve the story and narrative flow.
    • Identify and discuss any story and content weakness or voids with the client and determine resolution, next steps, and action to take.
    • NOTE: Rates for conversion to a different character perspective or Point-Of-View are determined based on the complexity of the story.

    Contact us with details about what you need help with; please provide the following:

    1. Is your story fiction or nonfiction?
    2. What level of editing [based on the above] do you require? Or do you want to discuss converting your straight nonfiction to a more compelling creative nonfiction or fictionalized account (based on actual events)?
    3. What is the final word count for your draft manuscript?
    4. Is there any specific or critical need date? [Note: this is used as a gauge for us, but all projects are scheduled and determined by our current workload. ‘In-house’ capacity is finite; we do not ‘farm out’ or refer work (which has proved to create quality control issues for us, so we no longer do it), and all projects are carefully scheduled.]

    We’ll reply with initial pricing, and if that meets your budget, we will request a review of your manuscript to prepare final pricing and a proposal for the project.

    Final pricing depends on our evaluation of your manuscript or source material (i.e. is the writing clear and well-structured or cluttered and disjointed). Services are usually completed in passes (stages) through the source content to create a revised and improved manuscript. Depending on size and complexity, multiple iterations in collaboration with the client may be required. All editing requires scheduling in advance. Expedited service might be available–depending on the turnaround requested and current workload–but with a surcharge. Please advise on the timing and need at the time of your request.

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