Editing Services

BACKGROUND:

We have a combined experience of almost 30 years in freelance editing. We serve in multiple capacities as editors, providing several types of editing, review, and commentary. As freelance editors, we work for ourselves and are hired by a writer to ready his or her manuscript for publication. We do not work for a publishing house, and as such, our fees are significantly lower for the same expert quality.

WHAT WE OFFER:

Copy Editor – A freelance copy editor evaluates a writer’s work primarily for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, mechanics of style, internal consistency of facts, logic, and diction (word choice). In this sense, we make sure the words mean what the author thinks they mean. Copy editing may also include (at the request of the author):

  • Canadianizing of language
  • Effectiveness of dialect or vernacular shifts (such as ‘teen speak’; the ‘Queen’s English’)
  • Metrication
  • Alterations of systems of citation (MLA, APA)
  • Editing of a preface or foreword
  • Editing captions or credit lines

Stylistic Editor – Here, we clarify meaning, eliminate jargon, colloquialisms, and clichés, polish language, and other non-mechanical line-by-line editing.

Substantive/Structural Editor – A freelance substantive/structural editor helps a writer improve her/his fiction manuscript by focusing on story elements, plot, characterization, dialogue, order of scenes, point of view, voice, setting, diction, sentence construction and syntax, and pace—anything that can improve the strength of the manuscript. We will point out weaknesses in the work and offer suggestions to strengthen those areas. We examine both the ‘big picture’ and finer elements of the work.

Beyond the technical issues of grammar, punctuation, and spelling, the substantive/structural editor will look at story issues. We:

  • Look for plot inconsistencies or dangling plot threads
  • Look for pacing, logic, and entertainment factors
  • Ensure there is enough plot for the length of the work
  • Ensure characters are sufficiently different from one another and that they speak with their own voices, detail their own quirks.
  • Suggest diction changes that better fit character and genre
  • Examine balance in setting and dialogue; action and exposition
  • Check scene transitions and chapter-ending hooks for reader engagement
  • Suggest changes in point of view, if necessary
  • Suggest verb tense shifts, if necessary
  • Note where author opinion and/or prejudices affect the writing
  • Identify overuse of modifiers and unclear passages
  • Ensure sufficient character motivation and conflict

Proofreading Editor – This is generally the final stage prior to seeking publication of a manuscript. The proofreader will compare an edited version of a manuscript against the most recent version to ensure that previously suggested changes were made effectively, and to eliminate any minor errors still remaining.

Depending on the type of editing you select, our evaluation may consist of a complete review for, and commentary on, any of the above elements; regardless of what you select, you can expect to receive a multi-page commentary detailing the above elements, plus all of our thoughts for improvement as described through a reader’s eye for your target audience.

INITIATING QUERY:

Contact us via email (jaggededgenovels@gmail.com) with a brief, one-paragraph description of your manuscript. If your work falls within our area of expertise, we will ask to see your complete manuscript.