I'll correct that grammar—seriously.
I've simply got you covered.
Have you ever noticed when something is so well-written, that you almost don't notice it? Excellent writing flows smoothly off the page. That's the kind of editing I believe in. My name is Brie, and my goal is to help you produce the best possible content while allowing your voice to shine through.
I've been trained to follow the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines, as well as AP style, but I can adapt to any house style that you need. As part of the special projects team at BobVila.com, I write and edit articles using a strict house style to match their brand, while also adjusting content to suit the target audience. Additionally, I enjoy flexing more creative writing as a freelance travel writer for The Tour Guy company.
I graduated with a History Teaching degree, which required extensive writing courses that I thoroughly enjoyed. Grammar and editing books pique my downtime interest as much as historical fiction and political thrillers! I've been proofreading and editing for years and decided to build a business doing what I love!
It's been my pleasure to assist published authors, first-time authors, blog writers, and corporations. I can't wait to assist you!
Editing is the broad term for grammatically and structurally reviewing various written projects. All of these editing levels maintain the author's voice.
Developmental editing is the first round of editing a book and involves reviewing the overall structure, tone, direction, and character development, typically before the manuscript is finished. Targeted audience and marketability are also taken into consideration and adjusted as necessary. This may take months to complete, but it will develop and organize the direction and content of the story.
Line or content editing reviews the document in whole and in part to identify weak spots or update the writing to enhance the pacing or impact. Redundant information is removed, dialogue and the hooks or transitions in between chapters are enhanced as needed, as well as the overall flow of information. Paragraphs and sentences may be rearranged or rewritten at this stage. The tone and information will be adjusted or recommendations offered to make sure the writing matches and appeals to the target audience. This can sometimes be called a substantive edit too.
Copyediting involves reviewing all grammar and punctuation, double-checking important facts, ensuring consistency of details and timelines, and verifying the accuracy of the table of contents, figures, indexes, etc., as well as any copyright issues. This is the most commonly needed form of editing for most documents.
Proofreading is the last step of any writing project. All editing should be complete at this point. The structure is sound; the plot is complete.
Proofreading checks for typos, punctuation issues, and formatting errors so that the entire document or manuscript flows smoothly and simply.
Many writers think they can skip the proofreading or copyediting step by assuming Grammarly or the editing process caught all the errors, but the second pair of human eyes is critical to fix what spell check can't catch. It's in this stage where the the is caught. (Did you catch it?) And I'll also correct the effect of an affected word. (Wink, wink.)
Grammarly is a helpful tool for small documents like emails or essays, but it has serious challenges with large manuscripts, especially fiction. A human can understand nuances and the complexities of the human language better than an algorithm can.
It's also important to understand that you get what you pay for—if you pay ten dollars to proofread a five thousand word project, you can bet the results will be mediocre. Great proofreading and editing is a trained skill that brings value to your work of art.
Whether you're in need of complete editing or just proofreading, I'm here to help. Fill out the contact form below to book an opening now!