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Line Editing

Line Editing can be described as hearing the manuscript's "music." During this phase, I read each sentence aloud to hear how your prose sounds to the reader. Line Editing ensures that your story is effectively expressed and properly presented. 

Line Editing focuses on:

  • Sentence Structure

  • Word Choice

  • Readability

  • Clarity 

  • Redundancy 

  • Tone 

  • Style

Feedback will consist of an editorial note with an overall analysis of the manuscript's strength and weaknesses. You will also receive a Word document of your manuscript with Tracked Changes and in-line comments. Finally, I provide a clean document with accepted changes, which allows you to read the edited work without distractions. 

Line Editing does NOT include:

  • Copy Editing (Unless paired with that service)

  • Developmental Editing (Structural edits)

  • Ghost Writing (Rewriting substantial portions of the manuscript)

  • Typesetting/Formatting (Creating the visual layout of your manuscript)

  • Proofreading (Checking the final version of the manuscript before print) 

I currently offer new clients one free Line Edit sample following the EFA's Guidelines for Editorial Testing

***Before booking this stage of editing, it is important that you've already gone through the Developmental Editing stage. You may end up cutting out or adding entire chapters during the structural edits. To prevent overpaying for Line Editing and Copy Editing services, ensure that you have completed all of your manuscript's structural work. 

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