We offer two levels of editing.
This is a simple, one-pass check of your work.
We’ll fill in words you missed.
Example: John went to store.
Corrected: John went to the store.
We’ll fix typos.
Ex. peanut butter nad jelly
Corrected: peanut butter and jelly.
We’ll check commas and periods and ensure that punctuation is inside the quotation marks, plus check basic things like spelling and grammar.
That’s a non-exhaustive list, but it should give you an idea what a proofread involves.
Line editing is a little more rigorous than a proofread. It requires 2 or 3 read-throughs.
In addition to proofreading, we make stylistic changes, like converting passive voice verbs to active voice ones.
Ex. George was punched by John.
Corrected: John punched George.
We take out repetitive words or redundancies.
Ex. The car drove past the house, then the car stopped at the light. The driver got out of the car and glanced behind him.
Corrected: The car drove past the house and stopped at the light. The driver got out and glanced behind him.
We’ll also break up cumbersome sentences, reword awkward ones, and clarify the confusing ones.
We’ll watch for continuity errors.
Ex. If Jane’s hair is red in chapter three, it should still be red in chapter eight. Unless she’s been to a salon. And you said that.
Ex. John can’t turn himself invisible in chapter twelve to escape the bad guys if you’ve never mentioned he has that power. Unless you’ve got a really good explanation.
What We DON’T Do