Copy Editing: corrects grammar, punctuation, capitalization, clarity, consistency and conformity to style. This is the lightest level of editing. When you purchase Copy Editing, you will work directly with an editor and receive a copy-edited Word document using track changes to show what the editor suggests should be changed.
Developmental Editing: is big-picture editing which covers plot, characterization, dialogue, pacing, flow, scene-crafting, dramatic structure, general appeal and overall technique. Other considerations may include refining of hook, point of view, suspense, readability, and climax. Author’s style and voice will be addressed as well as what’s working and what’s not. A developmental edit often goes hand in hand with a Line Edit and Proofreading. When you purchase Developmental Editing, you will receive a manuscript along with comments, suggestions, additions and deletions (using track changes).
Line Editing: used to polish the writer’s style, correct incorrect or awkward grammar, suggesting improved word choices, restructuring paragraphs and sentences where necessary, refining the author’s voice and tone, and generally making the prose sound professional. Special attention will be paid to character consistency, dialogue, and scene structure. This level of editing is appropriate once the manuscript has been developmentally edited and is in good shape as far as content and structure are concerned. When you purchase Line Editing, you will receive an edited manuscript with full annotation, track changes and an overview explaining the edits and recommendations.
Note: All editing must be scheduled and will require a substantial amount of time. Manuscripts will be edited as the editor’s schedule permits. Minimum time required is 8 weeks. A substantial fee will be required to shorten editing time. Please talk to your API representative about whether rush editing fees can be paid to speed the process.
When you purchase Proofreading, your manuscript is checked for typos, misspellings, style and grammar errors, format consistency, and general accuracy. Proofreading is the final step before printing and should be done after all editing and formatting has been completed.
Note: All proofreading must be scheduled and will require a substantial amount of time. Manuscripts will be proofread as the schedule permits. Minimum time required for this proofreading is 4 weeks. A substantial fee will be required to shorten proofreading time. Please talk to your API representative to see if rush fees can be applied to shorten proofreading time.