Comprehensive freelance book editing services
Manuscript evaluation and project development
Manuscript evaluation includes a detailed report that identifies strengths of the project and, as needed, provides directions for further development. The report articulates problems of style, structure, and concept, and gives practical suggestions for resolving these issues. Having an initial evaluation of your project's first draft can save you editing time and costs.
Structural and stylistic editing
As needed in any given work, full structural and stylistic editing may include any or all of reordering paragraphs; restructuring and/or reorganizing chapters, scenes, sections, and/or parts; rewriting or writing in to enhance logic, clarity, and/or flow; and editing to ensure the most appropriate style for the particular work.
Copyediting entails line-by-line editing to ensure consistency of usage and syntax and to correct or enhance the mechanics of language, including grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Following design and layout, proofreading of your final proofs maximizes the correctness of the book or project to be published. Book Editing also uses the term proofreading to include checking edited manuscripts and other projects to ensure correctness in the pre-layout stage and to enhance the professionalism of manuscripts to be submitted to agents and publishers.
Value-added editorial services
At Book Editing in the grand tradition all editing jobs include such basic formatting as inserting or correcting headings and subheads, margins, indentation, line spacing, and spacing between sentences. If requested, a range of additional skills and services can complement copyediting and proofreading. These include book layout and design; formatting for ebooks; and assistance with online book or project marketing.
Projects undertaken include ebooks, books, and book manuscripts; book-length works, such as corporate and other major reports, theses, and dissertations; and additional projects that may be shorter than book length but require comparable editing expertise. Please feel free to contact Book Editing about your project, with no obligation: info@BookEditing.ca
On-screen editing for effectiveness and sustainability
As a rule, today's professional book editing is done on screen, on computer, using a digital file of the manuscript and editing software for markup, typically Microsoft Word Track Changes. Book Editing endorses and uses this approach, because it enables transparent editing, creates copy with the highest possible level of correctness and consistency, and eliminates unnecessary use of paper. We no longer accept hard-copy manuscripts for editing or evaluation.
Not sure about how to work with Track Changes? The editorial notes that accompany each completed editing job will explain how you can review and accept or reject editorial changes.
Fair editorial fees
Editorial fees are based on the length, nature, complexity, difficulty, and time demands of any particular manuscript or project. Depending on the type of work requested, the fee may be estimated and charged on the clock, or quoted as a fixed project fee, which is determined by using a standard editorial productivity rate calculation. The Book Editing policy is to quote the most reasonable fee in any given situation—small jobs are typically charged by the hour with a ceiling that the client may set, while large projects are more affordable with a fixed fee. Either way, the aim is to provide the fairest fee quote possible for your particular project and needs.
Email editor Patricia Anderson for a no-obligation fee quote for editing or other editorial services . . .