About the Editing Process

The first step is to make sure we both understand the scope of the work and the nature of the service (go ahead and take a look at the different types of editing if you haven't already). Once I get started, I may have a number of questions at first. My questions may be detail-oriented, such as about your preferred way of referencing a specific place, or more big-picture, such as about your intended audience. As I understand your work more fully and we are both in the same groove, my questions will taper. For some types of work, such as long-form narratives, a one-hour sample edit is the preferred first step. There is a small fee for this sample edit, which includes a one-hour edit and a phone consultation of 30 to 60 minutes.

For content development, I work in Word. I study and employ any standards, style guides, and samples that you provide me; or we may develop these parameters together at the start of the project. One round of revisions is included in my fee.

For line edits and copyedits, I also work in Word, using its track changes function to edit. I create a style guide as I go, which you receive along with the edited manuscript. You will see all of my edits via the track changes function, which you may accept, query, or reject.

For proofreading, I can work in Word or .pdf; in the case of the latter, I use Adobe's comment function.

My style guide of choice is Chicago Manual of Style, though I have on occasion employed other style guides for specialized projects, such as academic papers. 

Ready to discuss your project? Contact me!

Let's Work Together

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between

lightning and a lightning bug.

- Mark Twain

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