The relationship between author and editor should be a seamless choreography that creates a beautiful fluid dance. I will not attempt to change your voice, nor will I try to make your story mine. You are more than welcome to disregard every suggestion I make. That is your decision as the author. My goal is to help you present your best work to your readers.
What You Get in a Quiethouse Edit:
- Multiple passes through your entire manuscript using Microsoft Word's Track Changes feature, so you will be able to reject or accept edits as you see fit.
- A line-by-line, word-by-word punctuation, spelling, syntax, and grammar check
- Properly formatted dialogue and dialogue tags, and a check for stilted dialogue
- A check for good transitioning, biased writing (racist or sexist writing, for example), overuse of unnecessary words and crutch words/phrases, and jargon
- Conformation to The Chicago Manual of Style's suggestions (hyphenated words, capitalization, etc.) with the author's preferences taking precedence
- A check for confusing and awkward phrasing, inconsistencies (names spelled properly throughout, characters' features [eyes, hair] consistent, for example), plot holes, and redundancies
- Research and fact-checking as deemed necessary or requested by the author
- Correcting formatting errors (indentions, chapter headings, sub headings, etc. are consistent; quotation marks and apostrophes are "smart" and face the right way)
- Upon return of the edit, editorial notes will be provided with an assessment of the manuscript
- Confidentiality, affordable pricing, constructive feedback, and timely completion
- Open communication during the entire process (even after the work is completed)
- Promotion of your work via social media as my schedule allows (This is a bonus, not a guarantee.)
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