What is an Editorial Consultant ?
Before explaining what I do as an editorial consultant, it is important to distinguish between different types of editing-related services.
Formatting involves taking your manuscript and putting it into the preferred format. If you are submitting a manuscript or book proposal, self-publishing a novel or non-fiction book, or preparing a dissertation this can be a time-saving service.
Editor's Analysis involves looking at your manuscript and determining what services your manuscript may require if you are unsure as to what it is your manuscript needs.
Proofreading goes through your manuscript with an eye to spelling errors, obvious grammar problems, formatting problems, and typos.
Copy Editing involves looking for any errors in your grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation. It also includes looking to make sure your manuscript is consistent, clear, and concise.
Content Editing involves looking at your fiction or non-fiction manuscript and ensures that your book is consistent throughout. This service looks at characters, plot points, argument structure and more to ensure that your main character's eyes don't change from blue to brown without colored contacts.
Substantive or Developmental Editing is the most involved of the editing services. This service not only includes copy editing and proofreading at the end of the project, but it features a focus on the structure, marketability, plot (for fiction), argument (for non-fiction) and more. This form of editing is interactive between editor and client.
Fact Checking involves going through your manuscript and ensures that all facts contained in its pages are accurate and are accurately cited.
Bibliographical Editing involves going through your manuscript and ensures that every source you used has been accounted for and that your footnotes, end notes, and bibliography are in the proper format (APA, MLA, CMS, etc.)
How Can an Editor Help?
I can help you in many ways. If you are stuck on a project and you are not sure what direction to take it in, having someone with experience perform an editor's analysis can help you to understand the elements you might be lacking. If you are finished with your dissertation or thesis and want to make sure there are no typos or spelling errors before handing your project in to your advisory board, proofreading can be a great service. If you keep a blog, you may want an editor to ensure that your blog entries look professional. As an editor, I can help individuals and businesses to always look professional and polished when presenting written work to the public eye.
Contact me today to find out how I can help you with a project requiring an editor's assistance.
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