You need an editor who will provide honest and thorough feedback but who respects your unique creative voice. You need an editor who knows all the rules but recognizes when the rules need to be broken.
You need an editor you can trust to work with you, not against you.
If you’re seeking integrity, solid technical knowledge, literary intuition, and a commitment to quality, then turn to Page Two.
Developmental editing: Developmental editing is concerned with the big picture; how does the manuscript work as a whole? Services include large-scale assessments of full-length projects, including novels, novellas, short stories, and nonfiction works. I will read your manuscript and provide you with a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of its plot, themes, characterization, and more. An extended developmental edit may involve a more hands-on approach, with large-scale recommendations noted directly in the manuscript.
Line editing: Line editing focuses closely on the prose itself. Services include an in-depth, line-by-line study of your manuscript, with recommendations for tightening, achieving consistency, avoiding common pitfalls (cliches, showing vs. telling, mixed metaphors, dangling modifiers, etc.), correcting grammatical errors, improving prose, and keeping flow and cadence consistent with the story, mood, and structure. I will include multiple comments explaining my recommendations, and will provide an overview of any writing weaknesses.
Copyediting: Copyediting examines the minutiae of grammar, spelling, punctuation, usage, and more. Services include a careful, word-by-word check to ensure that your manuscript is consistent with acceptable standards set by The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Ed., the Oxford and Merriam-Webster dictionaries, and any other style guides and dictionaries applicable.
Literary coaching: Sometimes a writer desires more hands-on guidance than provided in the usual editing scenario. Whether you need to generally brush up on your writing skills, master grammatical conventions, or practice storytelling techniques–or work one-on-one directly on a manuscript or work in progress–I am available for literary coaching. Please contact me for more information.