manuscript editing

Manuscript editing is editing at paragraph and sentence level. It is editing to specifically focus on improving the sound and style as well as grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Manuscript editing is rule-based and focusses on perfecting your novel to industry standards, however, a basic line edit is also done to ensure that the artistic side of the manuscript is also edited.

This is not as in-depth as a pure line edit or copy edit but I complete two light edits of your manuscript (a light line edit and a light copy edit).

What does this form of editing include?

This form of editing includes a lot of notes and tracked changes within the body of the manuscript.

I work on:

  • The readability, language, and paragraph structure
  • Clichés, jargon, and redundancies
  • Overused words and phrases
  • Consistency with quotations
  • Rearranging sentences and paragraphs
  • Adverb use
  • Passive voice
  • Confusing sentences
  • Over or under describing
  • Awkward dialogue
  • Run-on sentences
  • Repeating the same information in different ways
  • Dialogue or paragraphs that can be tightened
  • Unclear scene transitions
  • Confusing character actions
  • Unclear meaning
  • Unnatural phrasing
  • Parts of the novel that don’t read
  • Bland language
  • Words or phrases to use instead of… (to clarify or intensify meaning)
  • Correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax
  • Consistency in spelling, hyphenation, numerals, fonts, and capitalization
  • Flag ambiguous or factually incorrect statements
  • Flag concerns with the plot, setting, and characters

Why choose manuscript editing over other forms of editing?

With manuscript editing, you’re getting the best of both worlds. You receive a light line-edit as well as a light copy-edit allowing your novel to shape into the best novel it can be. This is also a more affordable editing option than doing separate line-edits and copy-edits.

What is not included in the edit?

This is a stylistic/line edit as well as a basic copy-edit. This does not include any developmental editing. For more information on developmental editing click here.

If you want to know more about the difference between a line edit and a copy edit, read this article.

COST: $30-$50 per 1,000 words / R300-R500 per 1,000 words (minimum of 10,000 words)
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