Pure Text Editing
Authors

Professional editing helps you improve your current project, and comes with a bonus—it teaches you how to write better.

Because people have varying definitions for the different types of editing, below I outline my services for writers. If you're unsure which is right for you, feel free to contact me.

Services

I offer four services for fiction and non-fiction writers.

• Critiques
• Substantive editing
• Copyediting
• Proofreading

Each service can be requested by itself, but all the services complement each other and, ideally, occur in sequence.

Additionally, you can request the same service more than once. For example, if you've made many changes based on feedback I gave during a critique, you may want another critique on the updated piece.

Critiques

Who Is a Critique For?

An author who has never received feedback on his or her piece will benefit most from a critique. Those who have received feedback from critique partners and the like but want the insight of a professional are great candidates as well.

What I Do

During a critique I comment on areas that need improvement, such as topic development and believable characters, dialogue, and plot—to name just a few possibilities. I make little to no changes to the actual writing.

Substantive Editing

Who Is a Substantive Edit For?

Substantive editing is for an author who feels his or her draft is pretty solid but who is still concerned about certain characters, scenes, and chapters—to offer some examples.

What I Do

As with a critique, I comment on areas that need improvement, such as topic development and believable characters, dialogue, and plot, but I also improve the writing/story directly where appropriate and edit for proper grammar, clarity, and readability.

A substantive edit, my most thorough service, essentially combines a critique and a copyedit.

Copyediting

Who Is a Copyedit For?

Seek copyediting after self-editing and working with alphas, betas, a critique partner, and/or a substantive editor.

What I Do

During a copyedit I take a final piece and not only ensure it's grammatically correct but give it that editor's touch so that it's clearer and more effective. Choose copyediting (called line editing by some) if you are happy with your piece overall, but have concerns over grammar, flow, word choice, transitions, and the like.

Copyediting does not include comments on how to improve the story/storytelling (or, for non-fiction, the premise/idea). See Substantive Editing, above, for this.

Proofreading

Who Is a Proofread For?

Proofreading is for anyone who is ready for the final step, or for those who feel they only need grammatical help/a basic clean-up in the first place.

Why Proofreading Is Important After Editing

While editing, editors mainly focus on higher-level issues, so we are liable to miss grammatical details and typos even though we look for those while editing as well.

Also, during a proofread I can make sure you didn't introduce any errors when you reviewed the edit.

I can perform a proofread before and/or after the typesetting stage.

Genres I Work With

Business
Fantasy & science fiction (sci-fi)
General & literary
Horror, mystery & thriller
LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer)
Non-fiction
Poetry & chapbooks
Romance
Self-help
Short story & flash fiction
Young adult (YA), teen & middlegrade
And more

If you'd like to discuss your specific genre, get in touch.

I'm also available for your query, synopsis, summary, proposal, website, cover copy, etc.

Author Testimonial

Your thoughts and criticisms were targeted, helpful, and exactly what I was looking for. I have a group of 10-12 first readers that review and comment on my new fiction before I re-work it for submission to various markets. Your feedback was as helpful as all of my first readers' combined—thank you!

Matthew Acheson, USA, Horror Writer

Satisfaction Guarantee

Contact me within 10 days of my returning your project with valid reasons that render my work inadequate and receive a full refund.  » Learn more

Partials

I can perform any of these services on part of your work. By applying what you learn to the rest of your piece, you'll improve its overall quality. This is an amazing option for those who are on a decidedly tight budget but still want professional insight.



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Compare My Services for Authors


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What I Do Critiques Substantive Editing Copy-
editing
Proof-
reading
Fix grammatical, punctuation, spelling, word choice, and style-consistency errors
Remove unnecessary or redundant text
Fix flow, clarity, logic, minor organization, tone, style, and other issues
Point out major structural, organizational, and other issues
Comment toward stronger writing and storytelling/topic delivery, e.g., better characters, pacing, POV use, dialogue, backstory, arguments
Make edits and comment toward stronger writing and storytelling/topic delivery, e.g., better characters, pacing, POV, dialogue, backstory, arguments
Basic fact-checking
More

Genres I Work With

Business
Fantasy & science fiction (sci-fi)
General & literary
Horror, mystery & thriller
LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer)
Non-fiction
Poetry & chapbooks
Self-help
Short story & flash fiction
Young adult (YA), teen & middlegrade
And more

If you'd like to discuss your specific genre, get in touch.

I'm also available for your query, synopsis, summary, proposal, website, cover copy, etc.

Author Testimonial

Your thoughts and criticisms were targeted, helpful, and exactly what I was looking for. I have a group of 10-12 first readers that review and comment on my new fiction before I re-work it for submission to various markets. Your feedback was as helpful as all of my first readers' combined—thank you!

Matthew Acheson, USA, Horror Writer

Satisfaction Guarantee

Contact me within 10 days of my returning your project with valid reasons that render my work inadequate and receive a full refund.  » Learn more

Partials

I can perform any of these services on part of your work. By applying what you learn to the rest of your piece, you'll improve its overall quality. This is an amazing option for those who are on a decidedly tight budget but still want professional insight.



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Tips for Success

•  Self-edit your piece before seeking professional editing—preferably after it has been stowed away for a while. This separation will give you perspective and reveal obvious flaws that eluded you in your post-write glow.

•  Work with alpha readers, beta readers, or critique partners. They offer tremendous insight and, like self-editing, can reduce the rounds of professional attention you need.

•  Educate yourself on the craft of writing. I guarantee more than one aha moment while you're reading a book or a post on the topic.

•  Know your target audience. Not everyone will like or get your writing, but this unique group will, so forget everybody else and write for them.

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