I provide three levels of service to meet your needs: basic proofreading, copy editing, and deep editing. Read about each of the services below and let me know which service you’re interested in.
I’d be happy to review your piece, or a section of it (depending on how large it is), so we can discuss your needs and how I can help.
Proofreading is the last step any writing project should go through before being published.
I will eliminate typos, spacing issues, double words, missed words, or misspellings. I will also ensure consistency in style elements, such as the use of en- and/or em-dashes, serial commas, capitalization of terms, etc. I will correct noun/verb agreements and/or grossly incorrect grammatical issues.
I will not make suggestions regarding rewording sentences, optional wording choices, or reorganization of the material.
Proofreading is the final step, after all the writing and editing is completed, and you are happy with the way the piece reads.
Copy editing is typically the service most writers request, and it does include a high level of proofreading.
At this service level, I will go through your document and make sure the wording flows smoothly, is appropriate for your intended audience, and adheres to your chosen style guide as well as your brand voice and image.
Grammar, punctuation, word usage, verb/noun agreement, consistency, syntax — all the mechanics of writing are covered.
If your writing style includes short, choppy partial sentences, I’m not going to change it to make it sound like a properly written English essay. On the other hand, if a piece is being directed to tech company CEOs, I’ll take that into account.
I typically make changes to your Word document, using the track changes feature so you can see very change I make. If you use Google Docs, I can either make the edits directly or make suggestions. We will discuss which process you want me to use before the project begins, to ensure you’re happy with the results.
Writers who create longer pieces, such as ebooks or full-length manuscripts, often need some help organizing their material. This is when deep editing is appropriate.
I’ve also provided this level of service for companies when they want to revamp their website to provide the same information in a new, fresh way.
While a level of copy editing is included, and there may be plenty of corrections made, deep editing is geared more toward getting your material in shape, rather than correcting the small details.
We will work together to arrange your material into a cohesive written piece. There will be significant sharing of material back and forth as changes are suggested and made, but a thorough copy edit may still be needed once this step is completed.