Ann Aubrey Hanson


Levels of Editing

I offer various levels of editing:

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING

The book has been outlined and you have a good idea of where to go with the story. Perhaps you even have a first draft written. Now we work together to address character development, plots and storyline, and creating the perfect story. This is sometimes a difficult experience for a new writer, but it will pay enormous dividends at the end. Throughout this cycle, I will be constantly aware that it is your book. My job is to help you to perfect it.

SUBSTANTIVE/LINE EDITING

The book has been written, the characters are developed, the document is complete, and some editing has happened. At this stage, depending on the quality of the writing, I may suggest moderate rewriting and reorganization. It is my task to help you make the writing as clear and coherent as possible, which means I will often question exactly what you meant to say in a particular sentence, paragraph, or chapter.

COPYEDITING

The story is where you want it to be, and it needs only a mechanical edit. This involves the correction of misspellings, punctuation errors, and formatting errors, plus correction of grammar, word usage, capitalization, and formatting. I will also check for any glaring errors in the story.

PROOFREADING

The final stage of the editing process, when I polish your prose, preparing it to submit to an agent or to a digital press. I make sure there are no errors in spelling, grammar, or punctuation. You want your manuscript to be professionally polished when you send it into the world.



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