Proofreading, Copyediting & Editing

I have been involved for over sixteen years in proofreading, copy editing, and editing textbooks, certification papers, novels, memoirs, children’s books, and a wide range of nonfiction, including business manuals, shamanic books, and a style manual.

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Full edit involves examining the following issues:

1) pacing

2) narrative drive

3) characterization (character development)

4) effectiveness of scenes

5) plot (more or less what happens, what is the story, which is driven by events and motivation, what happens next and why)

6) grammar

7) spelling

8) awkward sentences

9) punctuation

9) consistency of information throughout manuscript

10) narrative structure (what holds your plot together and sequence of events)

11) diction (word choice)

12) clear, varied prose

13) theme

14) point of view

15) dialogue

I read the whole manuscript first and then go back for a second read making comments and suggested changes using Word’s Track Changes function. I will also send a Word Document with overall notes.

Plus one revision:

You will be given a chance to review all I send to you and then add material in response to my comments and reject or accept the changes I have indicated. Then I will review your revisions.

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Feel free to submit your manuscript to me for a proofreading estimate.

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Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. I am glad to help in any way I can.

helenamariposa@comcast.net
720-620-3594