Do you do developmental or line editing?
No, sorry, I only do copy editing or proofreading.
As a short summary, line editing, also known as substantive editing, is basically a step above copy editing. Line editors are less concerned with spelling and punctuation than with the actual words. Here is usually where paragraphs, sections, and even chapters are moved around and changed, and rewriting might be necessary to fix voice, style, readability, and how the story moves forward. It’s a more in-depth process and requires some amount of communication between author and editor.
Developmental editing is probably what most people would consider an editor’s job to be. They work with a client from manuscript to final product and make suggestions for plot, characters, themes, symbolism, pacing, and overall coherency. Their job is to make the text readable, marketable, and salable. If copy editors go sentence by sentence, developmental editors go chapter by chapter. Authors have to be comfortable with them rewriting, rearranging, and outright deleting entire pages and giving more criticisms than compliments.
I’m much more comfortable with focusing on the trees rather than the forest, and though I will make comments in regards to story, character, and timeline consistency, I will inform you if your work needs more than copy editing or proofreading services and refer you to someone who can help!
Will you write a summary/press release/blurb/etc. for me?
Not at this time, I’m afraid. Right now, I’m only offering copy editing or proofreading services. If you want me to guest write for your blog, that’s a different situation, so feel free to contact me!
Will you help me find a publisher/self-publish my manuscript?
The long: Editing is intrinsically a subjective process of offering advice and suggestions. I do not represent nor am I affiliated with any agent or publisher of literary works. I make no representations or warranties that I can or will attempt to have your manuscript published or aid in publishing it.
The short: No, because I have no experience in that world, besides working in a connected field. I can only make your manuscript the best that it can possibly be to give you the greatest chance of success in that endeavor.
You edited my manuscript, but I still got rejected! Why?
I will use my background and experience in editing, and while this may be successful for me, it may not be successful for you. My sole function is to edit the manuscript. The decision to accept or reject my suggestions is solely yours.
There are no guarantees in the highly competitive field of publishing. In large part, the acceptance of a manuscript for publication is the subjective decision of a publisher and its editors. This decision is subject to the whims of taste and perceived marketability of the text. While working to aid you in preparing the best manuscript possible given the submitted material, I have no way of judging the market or the whims and caprices of the publishing industry.
TL;DR: I’m sorry it didn’t work out. But don’t give up! Try again!
Do I have to sign a contract?
Do I have to send you a sample?
Nope! That is typically only for very long works, like book manuscripts, in which a sample helps me get a sense of your writing and how much work will be required. I can then determine if you need proofreading or copy editing, or something more extensive. Overall, though, samples help you see how I edit and if we need to work out a style guide or review system before I get started.
What if I live outside the United States?
International clients are always welcome! Simply know that my prices are $USD, and I can only accept online methods of payment, in that case.