You’ve written your heart out, poured sweat and tears into every word, and now you’re ready to show your masterpiece to the world!
Wait—first it needs to be reviewed by a professional editor. My name is Lora, and I can help you polish your work to perfection. I’m an experienced substantive and copyeditor who has professionally edited countless books by published writers, including several award-winning authors. I’m adept at identifying and eliminating substantive and copyedit errors, implementing the latest writing styles, and making sure your unique voice resonates clearly with your audience.
Genres I have edited:
FICTION – Mystery/Suspense, Romantic Suspense, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Children’s books.
NONFICTION – Autobiography, Biography, Instructional books, Textbooks, Theology books.
OTHER – Book proposals, Short Stories, Newsletters, Blogs, Articles.
I am a member of The Christian PEN (Proofreaders and Editors Network), I write blogs for The Christian PEN—see sidebar or menu, and I will be teaching editing workshops at PENCON 2020. I prefer to work with Christian writers who share the same beliefs as I do and write clean books.
Types of editing:
Substantive (or Content) Editing:
I evaluate your writing from a reader’s viewpoint. Does your writing capture my attention immediately? Do I care about the characters? Is the plot fresh and captivating or unimaginative? Is it so sparse or disjointed that I can’t follow what’s happening? Do I get bored anywhere? Are the descriptions too lengthy? Are there any inconsistencies? Do I feel “inside” the characters, fully relating to them and experiencing what they do? Do I feel outside of the scenes, unable to relate to what is happening? Is distracting jargon used? Are there overused clichés? Does anything make me stop reading and put the book down?
Substantive consistency and flow is critical to keep your readers engaged. My job is to make sure your writing is clear, concise, and captivates readers from start to finish.
Copyediting starts with basic proofreading: correcting fundamental errors such as spelling, typos, punctuation, and incorrect or outdated information. But copyediting goes even further to correct errors related to grammar, syntax, word choices, sentence structure, redundancies, point of view, flow, format, consistent voicing, and style.
This is the summary of your entire book. Before an agent reads your entire manuscript, he or she first will evaluate whether your book premise is solid (based on the synopsis you provide). For nonfiction books, your synopsis will include a one paragraph summary of the specifics covered in every chapter of the book. For fiction books, your synopsis will be a two-to-three page narrative summary of your entire novel. Don’t break your fiction synopsis down by chapter, just write it as a condensed version of your novel.
A manuscript evaluation/critique is a thorough, in-depth assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your writing. You will receive constructive advice, direction, and examples to improve plot structure, scene development, characterization, viewpoint, physical setting, narrative style, and other important writing elements. A critique will help you tighten up your writing to be well crafted and professional in every way.
* I use the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster’s dictionary
* I use Microsoft Word Tracking, and all submissions must be in MS Word format.
* My rates are based on the Editorial Freelancers Association Guide:
To contact me, please submit the following form and we will discuss your project through email.
Books I highly recommend for authors:
1) Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King
2) Grammar for Fiction Writers (A Busy Writer’s Guide) by Chris Saylor and Marcy Kennedy
3) Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction (A Busy Writer’s Guide) by Marcy Kennedy
4) How to Write Dialogue (A Busy Writer’s Guide) by Marcy Kennedy
5) Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson
6) The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi