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lianemahugh.ca

lianemahugh.ca

Liane Mahugh, Canadian Author

Editing Services

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Perfecting Your Manuscript

Editors are the bridge between writers, publishers, and readers.

You've finished writing your manuscript. What comes next? Well, you need to get it professionally edited. It's ok to use some of the simple AI programs out there for your initial refinements, such as Grammarly or ProWritingAid, but once that's done, you will need an experienced editor to make sure it's done right. 

"Editing involves carefully reviewing material before it is published and suggesting or making changes to correct or improve it. The goal of editing is to ensure the material is consistent and correct, and that its content, language, style, and design suit the document's purpose and meets the needs of the intended audience."

~ Professional Editorial Standards, 2016, Editors Canada

The Benefits of Professional Editing

Working with a professional editor provides numerous advantages:

  1. Objective Feedback: Editors offer an unbiased perspective, identifying areas that need improvement while preserving your unique voice.

  2. Enhanced Readability: By addressing structural issues, ensuring clear transitions, and refining sentence flow, editors make your manuscript more enjoyable to read.

  3. Error-free Content: Editors meticulously review grammar, punctuation, and spelling, presenting a polished and professional final product.

Types of Editing Services

  1. Developmental Editing: Focuses on big-picture elements such as plot, characterization, and structure.

  2. Line Editing: Examines each sentence for clarity, style, and impact, refining language for maximum effectiveness.

  3. Copyediting: Ensures consistency, accuracy, and proper grammar throughout the manuscript.

  4. Proofreading: Provides a final check for typos, formatting issues, and minor errors before publication.

 

Selecting a compatible editor is essential for a successful collaboration.

  1. Seek Referrals: Ask fellow authors, literary agents, or writing communities for recommendations.

  2. Evaluate Experience: Review potential editors' credentials, experience, and areas of expertise.

  3. Request Samples: Ask for sample edits to assess the editor's style and communication approach.

I offer two types of editing: Copy Editing and Proofreading.

 

COPY EDITING - With this type of editing, I will ensure correctness, coherence, and consistency in plot and character's voices. With copy editing, I will print out your manuscript and inspect it line by line, word by word, to ensure conciseness and consistency throughout the entire document.

PROOFREADING - Proofreading is the final stage of the editing process and involves meticulously reviewing your manuscript to identify and errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Once all other editing has been completed, a good proofreader will catch any awkward phrasing and inconsistencies and ensure that your manuscript is polished and professional.

Whether you're looking for copy editing of your manuscript, or to refine it with a final proofread, trust me to polish your story and captivate your readers with flawless prose. I can help perfect your manuscript with meticulous editing for authors and help you reach the full potential of your writing, ensuring your words shine on every page. 

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