LINE EDITING

PACKAGES

1. LINE EDIT WITH LIGHT SUBSTANTIVE EDITING
2. LINE EDIT WITH LIGHT COPY EDITING


Price:
Quotes will be provided based on a free sample edit.*

Genres:
Young Adult, New Adult, Adult
Romance (all sub-genres), Contemporary, Women's Fiction, Paranormal, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Dystopia

Feel free to contact me regarding other genres.


Line editing focuses on how an author uses language to tell their story at a sentence and paragraph level. For example, line editing addresses the clarity, fluidity, and readability of a text. It also considers whether the language conveys its intended meaning or whether it includes generalisations and clichés. Although a line edit is not intended to search a manuscript for developmental issues (plot, characterisation, structure, etc.) or technical errors (spelling, grammar, etc.), I include light substantive  or copy edits with line editing packages and will draw attention to errors or inconsistencies when they are noticed.

While this is not an exhaustive list, some of the features I look for in a line edit are: 

  • Superfluous or overused words and sentences
  • Repetitiveness
  • Run-on sentences 
  • Pacing of passages
  • Whether passages need clarifying or enhancing to strengthen their meaning, understanding, or emotions
  • How to tighten dialogue or paragraphs
  • Whether the use of transitions impact positively or negatively on pacing and understanding
  • Whether action is clear and the author’s meaning is relayed
  • Shifts in tone or voice
  • Unnatural phrasings
  • Unclear narrative digressions or straying from a point
  • Bland language, information dumps, and telling rather than showing
  • Light substantive or copy edits

To schedule a line edit or sample line edit, please contact me through the details found on the contact page.

I can edit for American or British English. American English edits will refer to the Chicago Manual of Style. British English edits will refer to Hart’s New Rule (Oxford Style).

I supply and require a contract be signed for all editing packages.

*For a free sample edit, I will edit 1500 words. Please query me before sending documents. I do not open unsolicited attachments.

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