Professional editing is multifaceted. I work with my clients to determine the type of editing needed and provide an estimate before I begin a project. Most of the time, I review a writing sample and factor how long it takes me to edit four pages (at 250 words per page, double-spaced) with how many pages the project includes and the deadline.
Typically, I work in Microsoft Word and return the edited manuscript with tracked changes showing. Clients review and approve my changes, and make suggested revisions. Then, together, we determine if a second editing pass is required. When satisfied with the edited manuscript, a client can accept all changes to create a clean document. Increasingly, I also edit in Google Docs.
OMG. You are a magician! Thank you for your editing prowess. To be entirely honest, so many editors edit for the sake of leaving fingerprints…but every single time you work on my drafts, they are vastly improved.
— Tracy Marks, Beyond Words Strategic Communication
I just have to tell you that you are the most professional and thoughtful editor I’ve worked with here!
— Leora Siegel, Senior Director, Lenhardt Library, Chicago Botanic Garden (August 2015)
I am grateful to have had the steady hand of Amy Spungen at the controls while we navigated around punctuation turbulence and menacing grammarstorms.
— Earl E. Rogers, author of the novel Captain
Manuscript evaluation $80
After the hard work of writing a book draft is complete, a professional evaluation can provide an unbiased perspective. I offer thoughtful, direct feedback, and specific suggestions for moving your project forward.
Developmental or project editing $80
Do you need help with project development to establish your goals, audience, and voice? As developmental editor I will work with you from concept to delivery, editing your manuscript and incorporating input from designers, reviewers, and others in consultation with you. This may include help with query letters and other communications as well.
Substantive editing $80
Heavy editing, also known as structural editing, ensures consistency in style, logic, flow, and voice, and may involve rewriting or restructuring your manuscript. If you think of your draft as “very rough,” this is the sort of editing you need, and it’s the sort of editing challenge I particularly enjoy.
This most commonly requested type of editing includes checking that your copy is complete and working through the text, correcting any errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar, and resolving inconsistencies and problems (such as using excessive passive voice) that may weaken your message. I will help you eliminate jargon and smooth your language while honoring your distinct style.
After your edited manuscript has been laid out by a professional designer, the page proofs need to be proofread using similar markup tools to Word. Sometimes residual errors exist, or new errors are introduced during design. As proofreader I carefully review each page and check page numbers, headers, spacing, and line breaks, and am alert for typesetting issues such as missing italics and odd font sizes.