Is your mystery ready for an editor?
I love reading and editing mysteries, and I’m here to help you get your story out to your fans. I’ll take a look at your manuscript, provide a free sample and quote, then you can decide what level you’d prefer. Let’s get your mystery ready to publish!
Developmental editing takes a broad approach. We’ll focus on plot, character, dialogue, tone, and style. I’ll offer comments, suggestions, changes, and informational links to help you tighten and strengthen your story.
Line and Copyediting
Thorough copyediting makes your manuscript a smoother read. If errors in punctuation, sentence phrasing, hyphens v. em dashes, and verb tense agreement are found, even the kindhearted reader will send your book to the bottom of the TBR pile. Copyediting also ensures consistency, like making sure that Collum MacDonald doesn’t become Colin McDonald in a later chapter. I’ll also let you know if the pearl-handled knife on page thirty-five suddenly has a jade handle on page thirty-seven.
Thorough edits = good reviews = sales.
Once your manuscript has been edited, proofreading polishes up commas, cleans up word use, and checks for style, punctuation and grammar issues. This stage is just before you’re ready to publish.
After the story is sound and the prose is polished, your manuscript must still be formatted and converted to the right document type before going to print (or e-book). Whether you self-publish or go the traditional route, readers expect a properly formatted book.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free sample and quote.