There are many different terms used for different stages of editing, as I explain in Tips and Tricks to Save on Editing Costs. Line edits are often also referred to as copyediting, stylistic editing, second edits, or for lazy editors “editing”.
I like to be very clear on what services you get when.
When I provide line editing, I do a comprehensive review of your story and determine your “style guide” (something you may not even have.) I then evaluate your genre and determine if this is a good fit for your genre.
I am a firm believer in the ABLE philosophy (Always Be Learning Everything) and whenever possible, I will cite a rule for why I recommend a change. I do this because I also firmly believe that in order for you to decide whether or not to break a rule, you have to know what the rule is first.
While a lot of what I provide in copy edits will feel a lot like a glorified grammar checker, I go above and beyond. As amazing as ProWritingaid is (the tool I most recommend to those on a tight budget who need to save money on editing and the tool I use for my own edits) this can only take you so far. While it can point out possible word usage issues in the form of homophones (to, two, too) it cannot see when you completely misuse a word or when the word you use may be technically correct, but is contextually incorrect.
For example, I had a client who described a prostitute as swarthy to describe her dark skin.
according to Miriam Webster, “of a dark color, complexion, or cast” technically not wrong. But most readers see the word in association with pirates, or farmers, people who’s skin is darkened by exposure to the sun which also changes it’s texture in a way that is generally not considered attractive. But he describes her as being a rare beauty. I made recommendations of replacing the work with ebony, sable, dusky. Pro writing aid can’t do that.
I also fact-check/ believe-check elements. Just because you’re writing fiction, doesn’t mean that there doesn’t need to be a certain level of grounding. The level is dependent on your genre, reader preference, and what works for your story.
I firmly believe that you deserve to see what you will get from my services. As such, I offer a free sample edit.
To get a free sample edit, simply send me an email with the following:
- the first 5 pages of your manuscript
- the genre(s) you’re targeting
- word count
- the timeframe you would like edits completed by
I will get the sample edit and a quote for the project back to you within the week.