What's the Difference
Do you want your book to have that polished look? Do you want it to really sing? Trimming and tightening your sentences, making sure you mean what you say and say what you mean, making each sentence as powerful as the next--this is line-editing + copy-editing. We can make that happen!
Line-editing is literally editing line by line. In this stage of the editing, we edit your manuscript for style, tone, and consistency.
When we copy-edit your book, we will check it for common grammatical and spelling errors. Some of the spelling errors that we often catch tend to be stylistic--misspelled numbers or measurements. Other mistakes we often see are the improper spelling of non-conventional words.
When we line-edited + copy-edited a book, blog, or article, we check for word usage. Are the words overused? Are there words that don’t belong? Are any misused? Are they used as crutches? Does the piece flow? Is it smooth? Is it choppy? Is it challenging or enjoyable? Does the tone stay the same throughout the successive passages? When it changes, is it gradual and smooth or abrupt and hard to follow? Does it slide from one emotion to the next or jerk the reader around? These are things we will be looking for and recommending corrections on.
Once a manuscript has been line-edited + copy-edited, it’ll be smoother and tighter. The sentences will be short and to the point without being abrupt or tacky. The story or article will flow. It will sing. It will be what it was meant to be… exactly how you imagined it.
On the other hand, developmental editing is a whole different ball-game altogether.
Have you ever read a novel that just seemed to take forever to get to the point? Have you come across books that were missing critical information--or small bits of information the author may not have deemed important?
Have you always felt a connection to the characters? Are the chapters always where they belong? Do you find some books have too many chapters--or not enough.
These manuscripts had flaws. These books went to publication like this. What was the common factor? These books didn't get a proper developmental edit. Developmental editing addresses all this and more.
Developmental editing looks at the characterization, plot, structure of the story, the story itself, tension, genre, theme, narration style, and more. During a developmental edit, the author, you, gets to see his work take shape with the help of a master hand before his very eyes.
On top of that, as the Developmental Editor points out the problem areas in your manuscript, you, the author, learn what to watch out for next time and why. You're learning all about looking at the whole picture and finding the holes.
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Wouldn’t it be great if you could just pay someone to write your book for you? I mean, you’ve got great ideas! But you don’t have the time, patience, or maybe the expertise to get it done. Wouldn’t it be awesome if… If only…
WAIT! THERE IS A WAY! A SOMEONE! This someone is called a ghostwriter.
A ghostwriter is someone who takes your ideas and creates your book or other writing for you in YOUR NAME. A ghostwriter’s name is in NO WAY associated with YOUR book, and no one will ever find out you didn’t actually do the writing since you are, in fact, the author of the book!
You make your ideas come to life through the use of a ghostwriter. Make an amazing transformation from the undiscovered author on the shelf to book in the hands with little to no effort except for communication to be sure your book speaks your language and rings true to your character and your life.