• Why should I select Stitches instead of Bandages? Why is that third pass of my manuscript essential?

    • Becoming familiar with your writing style and how the ending of your story came to be provides a distinct advantage during the edit. It allows me to address consistencies of your characters and plot that could get missed if we jump to the copy edit. In addition, if there are large changes or additions to the manuscript after the edit, instead of before, you run the risk of adding unedited material that will only be proofread prior to publication. Without that third pass, you'll receive a copy edit but might miss out on some of the content features of a line edit.
  • What is the difference between a copy edit and a line edit?

    • For the purposes of detailing what each editing package provides, I use the following description of a line edit versus a copy edit.
      • A line edit addresses your content, writing style, and general language use at both a sentence and paragraph level. Rather than addressing technical errors, it focuses on the way you communicate your story to readers. It ensures your words read clearly and fluidly, that the proper sense of setting and emotion is getting translated, and looks at your language being precise rather than general or vague.
      • copy edit focuses on errors on a very technical level. It ensures the writing is in accordance with industry standards. Here, that means according to the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Are there any genres you do not edit?
    • I am not currently accepting manuscripts of reference material or poetry.
  • How does billing work?

    • I ask my authors to submit their manuscript three days before their scheduled start date, which is when I generate your invoice. Certain packages require complete payment up front, but standard editing requires half to be paid by your start date and the rest prior to receiving your edited manuscript back. Invoicing is done via PayPal.
  • How long does editing take?

    • It takes approximately two weeks for an edit to be completed and sent back to the author. Shorter manuscripts could only take a week, and significantly longer manuscripts will take more time. If you're unsure if the timing will work with your schedule, send me an email, and we'll see if we can get it sorted.
    • A proofread takes approximately half as long as an edit.