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I work with both professional and novice authors on books and e-books (memoirs, novels, history, self-help, how-to ... you name it) white papers, websites, any and all kinds of writing. To talk about the scope of your project and get an estimate, click on Contact above and use the form on that page to tell me more about your project.
Not sure what kind of editing help you need?
Take a look at the following options and see what kind of editing best meets your needs. If you're not sure, send me a sample from your manuscript (a chapter or the first 10 pages will usually be plenty) and I will recommend an appropriate editing level.
A developmental editor works with an author while the manuscript is still in the idea stage. The developmental editor provides advice on organizing the project and choosing an approach and style that will best meet your readers’ needs. A developmental editor also suggests research areas and resources, and helps develop the outline for the book.
Content editing (also called line editing) ensures that your document is organized and clear for the benefit of your readers. The content editor discovers logical or organizational errors, and helps you transform the original draft into the best possible manuscript. Content editing includes all aspects of copyediting (below), but goes farther to help craft the document into a finished project.
Copyediting usually involves correcting errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and misused words, and ensures consistent style and formatting. Your copyeditor helps you be sure you’ve said what you meant to say, and that your audience will get the message you intend. A copyeditor also cross-checks references, foot- or endnotes, and index entries to be sure they match the text, and works with you on anything that might not be clear to a reader.
Proofreading takes place after the book has been laid out for print. This includes checking for any errors in the text itself, making sure the correct headings have been applied consistently, ensuring that captions match images, and that everything is as it should be before the book goes to press. It's a good idea to have a thorough copyedit before your project reaches the layout and proofreading stage.
Contact me today to discuss your project and receive your very reasonable estimate.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Marcia for several years on projects of varying sizes. She is a detail-oriented professional, who digs in to all tasks needed to get the job done. She approaches team projects with a fresh point of view. She has a versatile writing style to accommodate a variety of copy needs, is witty and reliable.
I served as editor of a university magazine for six years, and as the editor for a national arts organization. Today, I work with clients on editing projects as varied as:
Chicago Manual of Style
APA Style Manual
Various in-house style manuals
WHAT DOES EDITING COST?
Different types of editing have different costs depending on the scope of work: type of editing needed, number of pages, deadline, and the type and quantity of errors to be corrected.
My editing fees are in line with the standards set by the Editorial Freelancers Association. Editing fees may be per page (i.e. 250 words) or per hour, depending on the scope of work.