There are three types of editing offered at Scribbler Services. There are different costs for each, and discounts when bundled together. The three options are copy editing, line editing, and developmental editing.
So, what's the difference? Below you will find a brief description of each option I provide, which will enable you to choose which is right for your needs.
Copy Editing: The copy editing option I offer is the review of fiction and nonfiction manuscripts and correcting any grammatical issues I encounter. The corrections are made within the document, notated as a comment, and then the document is returned via email for the writer's review. The goal is to ensure the project is free of punctuation errors, typos, omitted words, and other grammar-related problems. However, a copy edit is not proofreading or revising the content of the manuscript; and it is important the writer proofreads each step of the way.
Line Editing: The line editing option I offer addresses the creative content, writing style, and language use at the sentence and paragraph level. The focus is not on the grammar, but rather how the story is translating to the reader word-by-word. Any grammar issues which are repeated errors will be notated for the writer as a pattern to be corrected.
Developmental Editing: The developmental editing option I offer is the most in-depth option for writers who are struggling to get readers to connect with their story. I read the manuscript multiple times, and then provide a meticulous critique with feedback on character development, plot structure, what is working, what isn't working, and creative suggestions to fix what isn't working.
I offer all three services at incredibly reduced rates. I could charge more - I am worth it, but I understand how important a professional edit is. It can be the difference between a request for more and a rejection when seeking representation. As an assistant to a literary agent, I too often have seen manuscripts come in which may have made it farther in the publication process if only the author had had the work professionally edited.
I am also a writer with a limited budget, so being cost-effective just makes sense to me. I didn't become an editor because I wanted to make money off of other peoples' struggles. I became an editor because I'm obsessed with books, I love the written word, and I want to help other people make their literary dreams come true - even if it's just by correcting grammar errors.
2017 has been a productive year for Scribbler Services, and I am excited to continue my work in 2018. I've gotten to work with multiple clients who are at different points in their publishing journey - some are just starting out, some have an agent but aren't connecting with a publisher, and two are published - and it has been an absolute joy to do so. I will continue to offer discounts and specials, so please do not hesitate to contact me about my rates!