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LITERALLY PERFECT EDITING

Your story, your life’s focus, is ready for a fresh set of objective, caring eyes. You have written (in blood, at times), researched (to your heart’s content), and breathed invigorating life into your characters and your plot. Now, you have it—a manuscript. I will help make your manuscript Literally Perfect—polished, clear, correct, consistent, complete, fully developed to enthrall your intended audience.

 

WHY ME

Literally Perfect Editing

Reading new stories and nonfiction is candy for me. Few things delight me more than working with authors to polish a manuscript until it gleams—until it is Literally Perfect.

In fact, editing is my superpower.

Each manuscript is a dynamic adventure for clarity and consistency.

 I will read your manuscript with:

  • laser-eyes focused for inconsistencies

  • super-hearing tuned for style and elements to be developed

  • shapeshifting for polishing irregular edges, yet, keep your voice intact

  • super-strength from linguistics, literature, and education training to catch grammar, syntactic, or punctuation anomalies.

I never lose sight that you, the author, have the ultimate superpower

to accept or reject my suggestions.

My purpose is to support you in captivating your audience.

Click here to learn more about my qualifications and story.

 

What Type of Editing Suits Your Needs?

SERVICES

As a writer, you have the power to influence the world through words, story, and concepts. Clearly communicating your story and ideas is vital for the enjoyment of your audience, your own satisfaction, and for success in the publishing industry. Below are the services I offer to assist you in achieving these goals.

STRUCTURAL

The Big Picture

Structural Editing surveys the overall scope of your manuscript. I look at how the ideas are organized and developed—whether, for example, there are any gaps in the story, questions in logic, or characters that need development. A structural edit also examines how the content satisfies your intended purpose and audience. If you wish, please check out further details on the Editors Canada website with this link Meeting Professional Editorial Standards Structural Editing.

STYLISTIC

The Refinement

Stylistic Editing is also called ‘line editing’ since I will examine your manuscript line by line, checking word choice and language flow, to ensure the meaning of your message and story are communicated clearly and smoothly. My linguistics and literature training have developed my ear to know what sounds right within your writer’s voice.  My stylistic edit of your manuscript also includes a copy edit, since it makes sense to tidy-up at the same time as refining.  For more details, please click this link to the Editors Canada website Meeting Professional Editorial Standards stylistic editing.

COPYEDIT

The Nitty-Gritty

Copy Editing is the tidy-up phase. During a copy edit, I watch for accuracy and consistency in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and usage. Among other things, any mismatched verb tenses, missing commas, frequently confused idioms, and typos are tackled and amended. In addition, I may address some stylistic elements, like minor word choice options. Click the following link for full details available on the Editors Canada website Meeting Professional Editorial Standards Copy Editing.

Please click to see my Services page for my Rates and Process.

 
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