For over 10 years, I have worked as a freelance editor. My specialty is developmental editing for academic writers, but I have also copy-edited and line-edited texts. I have worked on essays, articles, and book manuscripts; my clients come to me at any stage of the writing process.
Developmental editing is the kind of editing that happens at the rough draft stage; if you are not sure if your book is headed in the right direction, or if your article makes sense, a developmental editor can shine a light on your manuscript and point the way. Developmental editors look at the big picture, the text as a whole.
Line editing is a close-up of your text. Here, the editor is going line by line, with an eye for the language, the structure, and the style. In line editing, I think about the content, but I’m also thinking about how you’re expressing your ideas.
Copy editing focuses on grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation. This is the kind of editing that comes at the very end of a project, a final walk through to ensure the writing is polished and the style consistent.
If copy editing is the final polish of the product, line editing is buffing the gem, while developmental editing helps you see the gem in the rocks.
While I am an editor, my teaching experience and writing center experience have taught me how to work with the roughest of drafts. I take pride in my ability to help writers see what they may have overlooked–or what they couldn’t see in the first place. I also can give you the encouragement you need to move on to the next phase of the writing process, or even finish the current draft you have.
Please contact me if you’d like to talk about my rates. I adjust my rates depending on the project, but I usually charge per hour. Please note that editing can be expensive, but it is a worthwhile investment, as Wendy Belcher points out in this blog post.