Services

 

Welcome! Here’s where you can learn more about the four editing services I offer. Decide whether you need a General Critique, Developmental Editing, Substantive or Copy Editing, or Proofreading. I am thorough and detail oriented, providing explanations for all changes and suggestions. My rates are competitive .

Which service will benefit you most: a General Critique, Developmental Editing, Substantive/Copy Editing, or Proofreading. 

I’d love to work with you, and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. I’m not happy until you are.

Here’s what AJ said about me:

Diane is great. Her professionalism is exemplary. Her fees are more than reasonable. I have no reservations in recommending her services. Diane did an amazing job, in a short amount of time. I am very happy with her work. Thank you so much, Diane!

general-critique

General Critique

A General Critique offers feedback on a completed or partially-completed manuscript, which provides authors with constructive criticism. For fiction, I’ll examine aspects such as plot, characterization, conflict, pacing, point-of-view, voice, dialogue, and overall impression.

For nonfiction, I will analyze your manuscript for structure, coherence, logic  flow, voice or tone, point of view, weaknesses and strengths,over- and underdeveloped topics, appropriateness for target audience, and overall impact. I’ll suggest which phase of editing would be the best next step for you and include a sample edit of up to 1,000 words if you desire one. This will help you determine if I’m a good fit for you. Email me for a custom quote, determined by the total number of words you are submitting.

Some authors benefit from a “Quick Critique” to assess their potential and help them avoid writers’ most common mistakes from the start of their work. Submit the first five pages of your manuscript, and I’ll assess for incoherence, lack of clarity or flow, confusing language, overuse of adjectives,  adverbs, or other wording problems which weaken writing, and overall impression, including strengths and weaknesses. I’ll do a line edit of the first 500 words. This will give you very specific examples of your strengths, weaknesses, and other writing issues to be aware of. This “Quick Critique” will very specifically point you toward the next steps that would be most beneficial for you.

The “Quick Critique” of your first five pages (standard format, Times New Roman, 12 point, DOUBLE SPACED, 1-inch margins) is $75. This review can save you frustration, confusion, and wasted time and effort. It can head you in the right direction right from the start. If you decide on a full manuscript critique or edit, I will credit the $75 to that fee.

 

developmental-editing

Developmental Editing

Developmental editing often starts at the point where you have an outline of the book you want to write and many ideas of what you want to say, but you might be confused about how to go forward. Similar to a Book Coach, I’ll help you organize and develop your ideas step by step to create a full, effective final manuscript.

You may need a developmental editor if you’ve finished your manuscript, you’ve had some people read it, and the general response is some confusion. Developmental editing can help you revise and organize your book into a coherent, powerful reading experience.

Developmental editing fine tunes each part of a book to deliver a clear central concept with logical, fully-developed and well-executed arguments. Your reader will  finish your book with a clear understanding of what you are saying and its impact.

 

subcopy-editing

Substantive/Copy Editing

Substantive/Copy editing is the mark of a professionally-written book. These two types of editing are often done separately, but I combine the two to provide a more complete service for you.

I look at your content overall to see what works and where it can be improved at the sentence and the paragraph level in terms of clarity, development, organization, and presentation.

I also analyze grammar, style, diction, flow, usage, and repetition, and make suggestions about how to improve those things. Every book needs this type of editing because we are too close to out own work and simply can’t see the errors. If you spend time reading either books or posts, you know that this is true. And if you see too many errors, your estimation of the author suffers, doesn’t it? That will be true for all the people who read you, too. That’s why substantive/copy editing is the one expense that every author needs to budget for, and it is the one that will give you unending benefits… every time someone reads your book.

 

proofreading

Proofreading

Proofreading is the final editing stage for a manuscript. It catches the nuts and bolts errors like typos and grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling errors. If you’ve had excellent substantive/copyediting, you may be able to get by with some friends checking for these problems at this point. If your book hasn’t had any editing so far, this is the step you want to take to ensure an error-free book.

Please contact me for a custom quote.

Our brains tend to see what we meant to write or what we should have written when we review our own writing. That’s true for everyone. And no piece of software is capable of catching all errors. So, an editor is truly your best writing tool if you want to produce an impressive finished product.

Here is a link to current Editorial Freelancers Association rates:

http://www.the-efa.org/res/rates.php

 

You’ll see that my rates compare favorably… an advantage for you!