Your completed manuscript will be read for an in-depth critique that addresses pacing, tone, theme development, voice, and readability. We also make sure your book connects with your target audience in the most effective way. The developmental editing process helps you gain perspective about what works, and what doesn’t work, from the standpoint of the reader. You'll receive a developmental editor's letter and editorial comments within your manuscript. The developmental editing timeline is 4-6 weeks.
A line edit addresses the creative content, writing style, and language use at the sentence and paragraph level. The purpose of a line edit is not to look for manuscript errors – rather, a line edit focuses on the way you use language to communicate your story to the reader. Is your language clear, concise, and pleasurable to read? Does it convey a sense of atmosphere, emotion, and tone? Do the words you’ve chosen convey a precise meaning, or are you using broad generalizations and clichés?
You may have a concept for a book or a completed manuscript that needs a professional critique. The evaluation involves the reading of a full manuscript to evaluate the overall development. You will receive a report outlining what is working well, what could be strengthened in revision, and strategies to implement needed changes. This service is beneficial to authors before the more intense editing begins.
The goal of a copyedit is to address flaws on a technical level – to make sure the writing that appears on the page is in accordance with industry standards. Copy editing corrects spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax. It also flags ambigous or factually incorrect statements. This is like an incredibly high-end proofread. A copyedit will always follow a line edit, and will be the last look before the manuscript enters the distribution phase.