Editing is a necessary step in the preparation of a manuscript for publication. It is important to correct, at minimum, grammar and spelling errors because these things can lead to confusion regarding what an author is trying to convey, interrupt the flow of a story, and annoy readers. In addition, grammar and spelling errors can contribute to negative book reviews.
Hiring an editor to weed out mistakes and put the final polish on a manuscript can make a big difference in the resulting book's success. An editor is trained to spot and correct many different kinds mistakes so that a book reads as cleanly and professionally as possible.
Regardless whether you are submitting your work to publishing houses, writing contests, self-publishing, or just putting out in blog posts editing can make your writing stand out from the competition and be well-received. Your Fiction Editor uses the most current versions of resources such as the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam Webster Dictionary to ensure that your work adheres to modern grammar guidelines and word usage.
If, after reviewing the Services and Rates page, you are still not sure what level of editing you need, feel free to email three pages from the middle of your manuscript for evaluation. Your Fiction Editor will be happy to do a sample copyedit so that you feel more comfortable with the process.
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I was the kid who read under the blankets with a flashlight after my parents forced me to go to bed. My all-time favorite genres growing up were romance, sci-fi, and fantasy. But, over time, I branched out to others and discovered that I love stories of all kinds.
Like any voracious reader, I found it annoying and distracting when I stumbled upon errors in books. They seemed to leap out at me with neon signs, begging to be corrected. This is how I discovered my latent talent for editing. Finding and fixing issues in manuscripts might be tedious for others, but it’s fun for me. Crazy, I know, but it’s kind of like doing a crossword puzzle. I confess, I’m kind of a nerd. But when you’re looking for someone to help you make your work shine, I’m betting you want someone who loves what they do.
I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree, hold a certificate from UC Berkeley in professional editing, and am a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. In addition, I regularly attend conferences and participate in online workshops to keep my skills sharp and up-to-date.
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