Services

With each of these services, I will do my utmost to maintain the soul of your work.  You will always have the final say over the corrections or changes.

FYI: I’m good at my job, but I’m human.  Despite my best efforts, it’s possible that I may miss a few errors.

NOTE: I do not edit erotica or horror.  I also don’t edit books with graphic sexual or gory content.  If you’re not sure whether your book contains content that I won’t edit, email me and we’ll talk.

 

Content/Developmental Editing
This is the first step after you’ve decided that you’re going to publish your book.  It examines your story on a structural level, for the purpose of:

  • ensuring the plot progression makes sense and is clear
  • examining characters and their arcs for how well they are written and whether they tie into the plot cohesively
  • smoothing the flow of the plot, including plot pacing
  • highlighting vague or confusing passages
  • asking whether cliches and tropes were well handled or could be refined more
  • advising you on any scenes to cut or add

It is NOT a critique (that comes before this, if you decide you need it, and is less specific than a content edit).  Nor is it a fix of sentence style, word usage, punctuation, or grammar.  In content editing, I’m helping you take the story as a whole and refine it.

 

Line/Style Editing
This is the second step of editing, after you’ve rewritten the story with the content fixes.  It targets the style of your story.  Line editing is when your manuscript is examined sentence by sentence for:

  • run-on sentences
  • choppy sentences
  • too many long or short sentences
  • awkward verb usage
  • dangling participles
  • overused words
  • oddly organized or grouped paragraphs
  • phraseology – making sure that you’re saying exactly what you mean and that it conveys the emotion for which you’re aiming
  • general punctuation fixes (e.g. exchanging commas for em dashes, adding or deleting ellipses)
  • the flow and pacing of the story in regards to style

This is not a copy edit, a plot critique, or a spell-check.  In line editing, I’m polishing the style of your story.

 

Copy Editing
You’ve written your book, had it beta read and critiqued, revised it according to content and line edits, and now you’re almost ready to publish.  This is the penultimate step.

Copy editing is when your manuscript is checked for:

  • incorrect spelling
  • misplaced homophones and homonyms
  • incorrect punctuation
  • internal continuity
  • uniform spelling of colloquial words, based on the Client’s preference for British or American spelling
  • consistency in using numerals or number words
  • uniform hyphenation and capitalization

This is not a line or developmental edit.  I’m not going to tell you how to improve the work, or give you critique statements such as: ‘it would make more sense if she had killed him four pages ago.’  If I notice content fixes that might help, I will include a note to you when I return the manuscript, but that’s all.

 

DO YOU WANT a combination package of more than one type of editing?  Shoot me a message and we’ll talk!

 

Proofreading
As good as your copy edit may have been, it’s not uncommon for formatting to mess some things up.  Is your book edited and polished and ready to be printed but you need a set of eyes to check for typographical errors?  This is the final step before pushing ‘publish’.

This is not copy editing.  I’m only checking it for typographical errors: a comma that was accidentally left out, or a word repeated twice in a row because something glitched.  If you need grammar checked or your punctuation corrected, please request copy editing.  If I receive your manuscript and find multiple errors that should have been copy edited (a few will almost always slip through, that’s just life and proofreading will catch those), I will either re-contract with you to copy edit the work– should you so desire– or return the work to you to be correctly copy edited.

 

Story Critiquing
Not sure your novel is any good?  Think it’s good enough to be published but want an opinion from someone who is not a beta reader?  I’ll read through it and give you feedback on plot, characters, writing style, structure, and notes on what kinds of edits (or a proofread) you need.

 

Still not sure what each service entails or which one you need?  Check the FAQ, visit THIS LINK, or email me at: a.bailey.editing[at]gmail.com

 

Blog Tour Organizing
I prefer to have at least 2 weeks notice.

Standard package:

  • I sit down with you via chat or email and work out the details: how many interviews and guest posts you’re willing to do or would you prefer to have it only be book spot posts, as well as if there will be a cover reveal as part of the tour.
  • Using this information, I customize a google form and send you the link to post on your blog when you announce the tour.
  • I take everyone’s signup information (what days they are or are not available, what kind of post they want to do, their blog title) and coordinate with them to make a schedule for dates, with notes about the kind of post they’ll each be doing.
  • I put together the tour package with the schedule and the information you provide (cover- if applicable, book blurb, author bio, author picture), and email it to everyone.
  • Interviewers email you their questions and you reply to them.
  • Everyone is responsible for checking the schedule themselves and making sure to post.
  • You publicly credit me for having organized the tour.

Platinum package: (standard tour price + $5.00)
In addition to everything from the standard package:

  • I act as the middleman between you and the tour participants.  They email me their questions, I forward them to you, you answer them and return them to me, I forward the answers to the participants and send them a reminder to post on time.
  • At the end of the tour, I draw up a list with links to all participants’ posts and send it to you to have for handy reference and/or for you to post on your blog.

 

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