Whatever Form of Writing You Do
Present it Professionally
- Business documents
- Brochures, pamphlets, reports
- Author Services available – manuscript edit and get publishing ready
- Copy editing
- Developmental | Substantive
- Stylistic and Thorough Editing
What is the difference in editing packages?
|Copy Editing | Mechanical Editing and proof-reading||Stylistic | Substantive Editing|
|Punctuation, including ellipsis points, parentheses, and quotation marks||⇐||⇐|
|Language preference; US or Canadian, British, spelling||⇐||⇐|
|Clarifying meaning; re-wording sentences or paragraphs.||⇐|
|Eliminating jargon; clichés||⇐|
|Creating or working with tables and/or figures/ photos, diagrams||⇐|
|Clarifying and/or reorganizing a manuscript for content and structure.||⇐|
What is Stylistic Editing?
Stylistic editing is the vital step between substantive editing and copy editing—an essential skill for every editor. It focuses on clarity and expression. Stylistic editors may reorder paragraphs and sentences, rework prose from one platform or genre to another, find the appropriate tone for each group of readers, improve the flow of the language, condense the text or help fill it out by effective querying, and rewrite as needed—while always preserving the author’s voice.
What is Substantive Editing?
Substantive editing, also known as structural editing, focuses on the content, organization, and presentation of an entire text, from the title through to the ending. Substantive editors help writers define their goals, identify their readers, and shape the manuscript in the best possible way. They clarify the argument, fix the pacing, suggest improvements, and draw missing pieces from the author. These essential skills apply to fiction and non-fiction alike, including books, magazines, reports, legal decisions, and corporate and government writing of all kinds. They are equally useful for writers, too, as they revise their final drafts to submit to literary agents or publishers or to self-publish through Amazon, Google, or some other platform on the Web.
What Do I Charge?
My hourly rate for copy-editing is $45 an hour. The rate will increase if the project requires any amount of substantive and stylistic editing, but for simplicity sake I will more likely quote you a flat rate based on the amount of time I feel it will take to complete your work.
2015 Fee Schedule