Amy offers a range of editorial services for book authors and publishers. Her passion is developmental editing and line editing, although she also offers copyediting, proofreading, and rewriting services. The following defines these services:
Developmental Editing (also called a manuscript critique or substantive editing): This type of editing looks at the big picture of the book. What is or is not working with the story? Is the book compelling? What are the issues that need to be fixed? What redundancies can be cut out? What's missing to make the content easier to understand? This type of editing includes a report that covers all of the above and the big picture issues, such as plot/story, characterization, pacing, dialogue, and whether anything needs to be done to the beginning or ending of the book. Amy prefers to begin with developmental editing if an author has not yet had anyone look at his/her manuscript (starting with this helps authors avoid having to rewrite parts of a manuscript that might be deleted later on instead of at the beginning of an edit).
Line Editing: In a line edit, the editor evaluates every single sentence, line, paragraph, and section of a book. The editor will check: the facts in the book (e.x., checking to see when a historical incident happened if it has two different dates in two separate sections of the book), the spellings of names, inconsistencies in character descriptions or other elements, overused words or language that is too flowery, bland, or obtuse, etc. The editor will look at the overall usage of language in the book, how it flows, whether it can be tightened up or expanded on, etc.; this includes looking at how dialogue works in the book. A line editor will also look at scenes that are confusing or transitions from one section to another that are awkward or confusing.
Copyediting: Editing for grammar, punctuation, and syntax. A copyedit involves correcting typos and misspelled words, making new paragraphs to break up long ones, correcting errors in punctuation, formatting the manuscript (e.x., making sure sentences only have one space in between them), using a consistent style for text (The Chicago Manual of Style is the style most often used in the book publishing industry). The copyeditor can query structural or organizational issues but does not fix them.
Proofreading: A proofread is the very last stage of the editing process. At most publishing houses proofreading happens when the manuscript is in its final manuscript or PDF stage. It includes checking to see if there are errors in page numbering, name misspellings, wrong URLs or URLs that don’t work, incorrect word breaks, etc.
If you are interested in hiring Amy for her editorial services, e-mail part or all of your manuscript or project to her at email@example.com (please include the word count of your book or project) along with what kind of editorial service(s) you are looking for and she can provide you with an estimate. Amy charges an hourly rate for editorial work. She sends authors/companies a contract that states what editorial services she will be providing, how much it will cost, and what the completion date will be.
A channeled book on how people can survive a new era in planetary and human spiritual evolution.
A fiction murder mystery with mystical overtones that takes place in the Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota area.
An intriguing historical account of how a renegade faction of the CIA allegedly tested and implemented the AIDS virus and assassinated a U.S. congressman who was trying to stop them.
A teen fiction vampire novel. Goodbookstoday.com gave this book its highest editorial rating. A finalist in the YA category of the IndieFab book awards.
A fiction novel about a woman who in grieving about her mother finds out her mother had a secret life.
An indispensable (but humorous) field guide to surviving the daunting daily struggles of life as the parent of a toddler, who may be shambling along behind you like a zombie ...
In this post-apocalyptic YA fiction novel, people with extraordinary abilities—the “gifted” live lives of privilege while those without gifts live as slaves on the wrong side of a very literal wall. Fifteen-year-old Alexa Gander has a gift that could change everything, but it comes with the burden of enormous responsibility that no teenager should have to carry.
A great resource for anyone wanting to grow their garden in a small space!
Amy has been a member of the Professional Editors Network (www.pensite.org) since 1997. She has worked for the group as a newsletter copy editor, writer, speaker, and mentor.