I am a writer, reader and editor of science fiction and fantasy (and sub-genres thereof) and can assist authors from the very first draft and up to (but not including) copyediting. I hold a BA (Hons) in English Literature and I am an entry level member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. I have been assisting authors with their manuscripts since June 2014 (prior to which I worked as an intern for an overseas (American) independent publisher for one year).
Requesting a sample does not obligate you to hire me. It’s important for writers/authors to find an editor they feel comfortable with, who ‘gets’ their story and writing style.
The developmental editing service includes detailed feedback on:
- Dialogue versus narration
- Point of view
- Showing versus telling
- Orientation and engagement with the story
Line editing is similar to developmental editing in that I will examine the same elements, but with a focus on tightening the presentation of your writing including:
- Removing repetitive and redundant words such as: just, all, had, was, that etc
- Ensuring dialogue ‘sounds’ realistic
- Correcting confusing sentences and paragraphs
- Examining word choice
- Correcting confusing pov and tense switches
Copy editing will check your manuscript for language, grammar, and spelling. It is assumed your manuscript has been through both a developmental and line edit as there is minimal interference with the written word at this stage.
I do not engage in copy editing as my strength lies in developmental and line editing. For copy-editing, I would recommend Steve Frost (Editing Services Ltd)
I am of the opinion that if I have been involved in the latter stages of editing, that an alternate set of eyes should proofread the manuscript.
Raymond Clarke is a published independent author and one of a handful of proofreaders I would trust with my own manuscript. He will examine your manuscript for grammar, spelling, punctuation, word order and similar problems. His testimonials can be found here.
Formatting for print and e-book
If you require low-cost assistance with formatting for print or e-book then I would recommend Raymond Clarke.