The time has come for my big announcement.
Wait for it…
I’m making some changes to my editorial business, Labelle’s Writing on the Wall, that will help me better serve authors, both indie and those pursuing traditional publishing. What are those changes?
Drum roll, please…
I have something for you. Really? What is it? Come on. Let us in on the secret.
Not yet. Before I can tell you what I have for you, I have to explain what I’m taking away. I will no longer be offering developmental copyediting as a service. What? Gasp. The horror! How is that helping us?
When I offered developmental copyediting (a combination of substantive/big picture editing and copyediting), I did it all in one shot. I’d go over the manuscript twice—first to catch big picture issues, then to flag all the spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes. This left too much room for errors that could have been added when the author revised his manuscript. Nobody wants that. Not me, not the reader, and certainly not the author.
So, I came up with a better service. I’m offering substantive/big picture editing PLUS copyediting. How is that different? Simple. I’ll go through the manuscript for problems with the plot, characters, and pacing. I’ll also look at issues like: telling instead of showing, inconsistencies in the story, flat dialogue, unrealistic reactions or actions, underdeveloped main characters, overdeveloped minor characters, backstory dumps, author intrusion, POV slips, bad choreography, deep POV implementation, poor execution of GMCs (goals, motivation, conflicts), and lack of emotions. I’ll point out weaknesses in these areas and offer suggestions on how you can rework the problems. Then, I’ll hand the work back to you for a revision. When you’re done, you’ll return the manuscript for a copy edit, but I won’t be the one doing the copyediting. Here’s the fun part.
After going through over 80 applications (not counting those that didn’t qualify), narrowing it down to 40, who did sample edits, then bringing that number down to 6 and checking references, I finally selected my editorial team.
My copy editors are: Patty, Michael, and Andy. They have been copyediting for ages and have experience working with publishers like Penguin/Random House, Harlequin, Carina Press, and many indie authors. All received glowing reviews from their references and met my high expectations in regards to the sample edit.
Once your manuscript is polished, you send it in to me, and I’ll have two of the copy editors give you a sample edit and quote (providing two are available at that time). Then, you can select the copy editor with whom you want to work. Told you it was simple. And how great is this? I’ve done all the legwork for you. No need to vet any copy editors or spend your time searching for the perfect one. I’ve done all that. And you still get to pick your copy editor. Sweet.
To be clear, you’ll have time in between both services to revise your work, then when the story is where you want it to be, you can focus on getting the mechanics right (grammar, spelling, and punctuation). This will ensure a cleaner copy in the end.
Does this mean you have to hire me as a substantive editor if you want to use my copy editors? No. Maybe all you want is a copy edit. That’s fine, too. Just let me know what you need when you contact me, and I’ll set things up.
What this also means is that I’ll have more time slots available for substantive editing, because I won’t have to go over the manuscripts twice.
My next available slot is: May 30.
The copy editors won’t need as much notice. They are available now or within a month.
If you’re interested in any of these services, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to working with you.