Editing for storytelling
I do “substantive” or “developmental” editing, which deals with storytelling: use of language, description, characterization, plot, structure, and more.
What that doesn't mean:
While I will catch 95% or better of grammatical and punctuation shortcomings and will take your manuscript to the level of most professional writers, I don’t claim to be an expert copyeditor. My strengths lie with story and narrative craft, and I don’t focus on the nuances of grammar and punctuation. I can recommend an excellent copyeditor.
Electronic edits only--word processor requirements:
You must have the ability to use Word's Markup features--Comments and Track Changes--or WordPerfect's Comment and Annotation features so that you will see every bit of editing and the comments that include instruction and coaching. You must have access to one of those two word-processing programs.
Contract: If we agree to do an edit, I provide a comprehensive contract that protects your ownership rights in your story and details what you will receive from me.