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 proofreading and 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. This skill is necessary as part of the editorial team at BobVila.com who has their own strict house style.
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 others' work off and on 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 several steps of grammatically and structurally reviewing various written projects. All of these 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 maintain the author's voice throughout the process.
Line or content editing reviews word choice to avoid repetition, enhances dialogue and the hooks and prompts in between chapters, as well as the flow of information. Paragraphs and sentences may be rearranged or rewritten at this stage.
Copyediting involves reviewing 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.
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.)
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.
P. S. Two of my sample copyedits had been reviewed with Grammarly, which left many errors, sadly, but I polished them off correctly for each author!