I provide the following editing services for fiction manuscripts (novels, novellas, short stories and short story collections):
I. Manuscript Critique:
A comprehensive manuscript critique comprising of a critique document and margin notes.
The critique document provides inputs on the following aspects:
• Overall impressions: What are the major strengths of the story? What are the weaknesses?
• Plot: Is the plot credible? Are there any major plot holes or contradictions? Are there loose threads at the end of the story?
• Story structure and Pacing: Does each chapter pull its weight in moving the plot forward? Are scenes paced out based on their situation – for instance, action scenes should preferably be fast-paced, contemplative scenes can afford a slower pace. Does the pace slacken anywhere, causing the reader to lose interest? Are there unnecessary digressions that are not relevant to the overall story? Is the information the reader needs to understand the story provided at the appropriate points and adequately spaced out instead of being given all at once?
• Characterization: Are all the characters properly fleshed out? Are the characters distinct from one another? Are there any redundant characters?
• General suggestions and pointers on writing techniques such as correct use of point-of-view, dialogue semantics, etc. to strengthen the narrative.
Margin notes are inline comments that provide a valuable insight into the reader’s perspective. Sections that read well are marked out, as are sections where one might need further elucidation – contradictions, areas that may confuse the reader, or where the reader does not have enough information to interpret the text the way the writer intends (such issues usually arise because at any given point the writer already has the entire story in mind, while the reader knows the story only up to that point).
II. Line edit:
While the manuscript critique focusses largely on story elements, the focus of the line edit is mainly on writing elements, wherein the manuscript is edited for grammar, punctuation, usage and style. This will also include rewriting of any lines or small passages, where required, for clarity and precision, but will not involve any major structural changes.
III. A detailed two-stage edit:
The two-stage edit combines the benefits of both the above services. The writer gets the manuscript critique in the first stage and works on the feedback provided therein. The polished draft is then line edited for grammar, punctuation and usage.
This is the preferred approach for fiction manuscripts, and hence can be availed at a discounted rate.
I will be happy to provide a free sample edit of the first ten pages of the manuscript.
For further details and sample edit of your manuscript, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me.
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