Having a good editor is key to having a successful manuscript for publication. Editing styles vary by editor and, like people, are vastly different and incredibly unique from each individual editor. Every editor has their own unique and creative way to edit manuscripts, blogs, articles, and any other text they come into contact with. Choosing the right editor isn’t just about their education and background, it’s also about how well their individual style meshes with yours and the vision you have for your project.
There are four distinct types of editing most editors offer:
- Line Edit
- Developmental Edit
Line Edits: A line edit addresses the creative content, writing style, and language use at the sentence and paragraph level. But the purpose of a line edit is not to comb your manuscript for errors – rather, a line edit focuses on the way you use language to communicate your story to the reader. ~ NY Book Editor
Copyedit: By contrast, the goal of a copyedit is to address flaws on a very technical level – to make sure the writing that appears on the page is in accordance with industry standards. This is like an incredibly high-end proofread. ~ NY Book Editor
Proofreading: Proofreading is about finding errors, both small and large, that were either missed or introduced during editing. Proofreaders ensure that the document’s final draft is completely free of grammatical errors (e.g., subject–verb agreement problems, incorrect word choices, improper punctuation usage, and incorrect spelling) as well as formatting and typographical errors. They also make sure the document adheres to the chosen style guide. ~ Scribendi
Developmental Edit: A developmental edit is a thorough and in-depth edit of your entire manuscript. It is an examination of all the elements of your writing, from single words and the phrasing of individual sentences, to overall structure and style. It can address plot holes or gaps, problematic characterization and all other existing material. ~ Reedsy
My editing style is a combination of the four, but I primarily do developmental edits. Like my clients, I am a writer with a dream of having my work published, and so I understand how nerve-wracking it is to put your work into the world and into someone else’s hands to critique. That’s why I make sure I talk with my authors and walk them through the entire process. I don’t just point out things that need to be fixed, but also what intrigues me about the story and makes me want to keep turning the page. I also provide my reactions to sections, whether that be excited, sad, or confused; I believe this offers my authors a better insight into what their future readers will feel and allow them the chance to change a scene or passage if that reaction is not what the author intended. After the edit is complete, I am always available to provide additional feedback and advice throughout the rest of the author’s publishing process, including sharing promotional material on my social media platforms.
If I sound like the right editor for you, please contact me to get to know each other and your project better and to discuss the different editing methods, what type of an edit you are looking for, and pricing.
I believe that every writer deserves to have their story told and seen. That’s why I love connecting with fellow writers, editors, and dreamers of all crafts to see how we can collaborate together to make a finished product that is ready to break out into the world and be seen.
Books & Short Stories
Currently, I have no published books. However, you can follow her publication journey as she completes her series, The Books of Pendragon, by checking out her blog! Lindsey currently has several short stories published via WattPad.
I have several published blogs, including several for a local real estate agent and a separate personal blog I maintain along with my boyfriend on food and travel writing hosted on our website, Dreamers and Wingz.
My first publication was an article written in 2015. Since then, I have had several articles published in local magazines.
Lindsey was great to work with. I gave her my schedule and she was able to do a quick turn-around proofreading. She’s into the details and cares about the quality of a story both with grammar and overall concept.Sydney Scrogham, Author of the Guardians of Agalrae series
[Lindsey] is an amazing editor if you guys are in the market for one! She has a detailed eye and is the absolute sweetest!Katie LaRae, up and coming author
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