What embracive editing entails:
- Voice (passive vs active)
- Structure (sentence construction)
- Consistency (switching point of views, character consistency, narrative direction, etc.)
- Style (vocabulary, adverb usage, etc.)
- Basic style guide convention (Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition)
5 manuscript pages an hour, 250 words per manuscript page @ 35 dollars an hour.
Embracive editing is time intensive. It starts with your first draft and goes through three phases but can go through more, depending on the situation. I require payment for each phase upfront. We will discuss your needs and my conditions and where you are at before I give you my estimate for each phase. Information about refunds, guarantees and other common questions related to services offered can be found on the F.A.Q.
Embracive editing is a comprehensive approach that starts at first draft and continues through at least three steps. The first phase is focused on developmental editing. There will be some technical editing, but since the goal is to work on developmental issues, it would be a waste of money to look too closely at technical edits since those can be addressed with more surety at the second and third stages.
The first pass is done in Word, in Review mode with Markup. Once I have completed this stage, I return the manuscript to you along with a report summing up my observations on style and structure issues along with my thoughts on your work, from the perspective of a reader. During the second phase, you approve or disapprove all edits and return the manuscript to me, along with additional changes based on my recommendations. The second phase follows the first phase, and the goal is to get your draft to the point where it read for a final edit. I do the final edit on a printed copy and make changes in Word, using Review mode with Markup. The manuscript is returned to you, along with a scan of the printed copy with markup notations and notes, if desired.
For embracive editing, the focus is on developmental editing for the first step, an even mix of developmental and technical editing on the second phase and technical editing for the last draft. I am proofing for technical edits and to give guidance in areas that can strengthen and improve your writing. For the developmental editing, all I can do is make suggestions. It is up to you on how to proceed. I am editing your work, not writing it for you. It would be a disservice to you to presume to change your writing beyond correcting technical issues. During the line edit, my job is to give you guidance as a writer and to ensure your finished work is ready for publication.