I provide the following editing services for novels, novellas, short stories, short story collections, and non-fiction manuscripts:
I. Manuscript Critique:
A comprehensive manuscript critique comprising of a critique document and margin notes.
The critique document provides inputs on the following:
• 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 focuses 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.
“Vrinda is a thorough professional, fast, and accurate, one of the best independent editors I have ever worked with. For my new novel, she went above and beyond the schedule to complete the project in record time, and delivered fantastic results from critique on plot structure and character motivation to copy-editing. She is one-stop destination for all your editorial work. I look forward to working with her again in the future. Highly recommended.”
— Ruchi Singh, author of Guardian Angel.
“It was a pleasure working with Vrinda for editing of my novel ‘The Light Catcher’. I was really impressed by her astuteness during the critique stage and the way she refined the manuscript during line editing gave it a very suitable touch. She was very professional during the whole process and always adhered to our decided timelines. Overall it was a great experience and best help that I could give my manuscript.”
— Sameer Chopra, author of The Light Catcher.
“Vrinda Baliga’s holistic approach to editing and structuring of the story, as well as emotional attachment with the story made the book the way it is. Every deliverable from her side came a day or two before the committed deadline, adding to my motivation in the final phases of the manuscript.”
— Saiswaroopa Iyer, author of Abhaya and Mauri.
I will be happy to provide a free sample edit of the first 1500 words of the manuscript.
For further details and sample edit of your manuscript, please email me at email@example.com or contact me.
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