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Also known as stylistic editing.
This is a detailed line-by-line edit focused on:
Dialogue (style, realism etc.)
Telling vs. showing
An example of a line edit might look like the following:
Adam looked around the dark room. He was terrified. He tiptoed into the room nervously, and whispered, “Hello? Is there anyone there?”
Adam looked around the dark room, then tiptoed forward nervously.
“Hello? Is there anyone there?” he whispered.
In this quick edit, you'll notice I’ve cleaned the writing up by removing the unnecessary telling (“Adam was terrified”) and have cut ‘the room’ in the third sentence to avoid clunky repetition.
A line-by-line edit focused on:
Spelling, grammar and punctuation
Consistency in regards to character, story, setting, timeline etc.
Accuracy (including fact checking)
A copy edit might look like:
Adam looked about the dark room, than tip-toed forward nervously.
“Hello? Is there anyone there?” He whispered.
Adam looked about the dark room, then tiptoed forward nervously.
"Hello? Is there anyone there?" he whispered.
The final check before publishing. I will go through your manuscript and correct any spelling and grammar issues, paying close attention to consistency based on your style guide. I will also correct any formatting or layout issues with your manuscript.
Every project is different, so please get in touch for a personalised quote.
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I offer a free sample edit of up to 1,000 words before I quote you for your full manuscript. This gives you, as the author, a chance to decide whether my editing style fits you, and allows me, as the editor, to get an idea of how much work is needed.