*Fiction/Flash Fiction/Poetry/Prose Poetry/Hybrid/Nonfiction*
EDITING SERVICES: Copy Editing, Line Editing, and Developmental Editing
Editing. It may be the one thing a writer is scared of the most. A second set of eyes is key to editing a piece of writing and discovering what you may be overlooking. Our words matter, and when we don’t know how to edit our work, our words can easily be forgotten or ignored. When we sweep away the unnecessary language and layers in our writing is when we discover the ghosts. These are the words or language that really jump out at us, give a reader the reaction as a writer we crave.
I understand how it feels to read a piece over and over until I become too familiar with the words and overlook a mistake. What’s worse is when you find the mistakes you meant to change after you’ve already submitted a piece for publication! After staring too long at a piece of writing, our minds start to skip over and miss what has become familiar. It’s like looking at a car engine, you can find certain parts and mechanisms at first, but the more you stare, the more you fail to notice. My editing philosophy stands on honesty as well as encouragement. It’s your baby. In the end, YOU decide what is cut and what stays.
Journal/Contest Recommendations involves reading submission-ready, polished pieces and recommending which journals would be the best fit for your writing. Every journal has a different aesthetic. It can take hours to do your homework and find out which ones will be the best home for your writing. I’ll help you to narrow down which journals and/or contests to submit to based off your own unique style and voice. Frustrated over that one journal that keeps rejecting your writing? I can evaluate your piece and give my honest feedback if it’s a good fit or not, and if it is, what I can do to increase your chances of acceptance.
Additionally, I understand language is important when writing and am aware of a writer’s individual voice, language, and dialect.
Please email me with questions, a cost estimate, and to request a sample edit.
Please include a brief description of the project, timelines (if any), type of editing or particular concerns, and any other information you think might be helpful.
*What is the difference between copy editing, line editing, and developmental editing?
Copy editing refers to grammar and punctuation. Line editing is about the craft of writing and all of the techniques of writing. Developmental writing is the art and the craft. Development, theme, plot.