Much like my life philosophy, my editing philosophy is simple:
My way is not the right way—it is one way.
My objective, when editing any piece of writing, is to maintain the uniqueness of the author’s voice, to gently guide the author to better pave his or her own way.
Additionally, I am conscious of the fact that I am not the authority on English usage–I am merely an authority, one who realizes the absurdity of ever trying to claim the former. Hence, I do not solely rely on what I think I know of English usage to inform my editing; I utilize my resources: style manuals, dictionaries, grammar guides, and colleagues. I am not an island.
Living this philosophy, not simply knowing it, helps me communicate with my clients as human beings rather than, well, clients. For me, this is what constitutes an effective and healthy author-editor relationship.
What I Do
I provide editing services that are best defined by what the Editorial Freelancers Association considers to be the various types of freelance editorial work, some of which are listed here:
- Proofreading: I read for typographical errors or for sense and query or correct errors or inconsistencies that may have escaped an editor or writer.
- Copyediting: I correct spelling, punctuation, syntax, and word usage while preserving the meaning and voice of the original text.
- Developmental Editing: I work with clients to develop a manuscript from initial concept, outline, or draft; and make suggestions about content and organization.
- Manuscript Assessment and Coaching (fiction): I provide feedback for an author about his or her manuscript to help determine the level and scope of any future editing it may may need. This includes the creation of a formal document in which I summarize each chapter and assess literary elements, such as tone, voice, clarity, point of view, plot, character development, pacing, theme, and structure. I also return a unique version of the author’s manuscript in which I have made more targeted comments using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes.
The following are samples of my editing work. They are in pdf format. Each sample will have two versions: one which shows my tracked changes in MS Word, and the other is a cleaned, final version of the document.
Sample 1: The Glass Vampire – Chapter 20, by David Page
- Description: This is a work of fiction (dark fantasy) that the author published using CreateSpace. I completed a light copyedit of this 315-page novel. Below are my samples of chapter 20. Click here to learn more about this work and the author at Amazon.com.
- Tracked changes/edited version:
- Cleaned/final version: