LINE EDITING SERVICE
You've written a novel. A good one.
Now, it's time to bless the world with the story's wit and captivating drama.
If your manuscript hasn't seen a line editor's red pen, it's probably not as spit-shinned as it could (and should!) be. And you'd better believe readers are going to notice. Let's avoid bad reviews, shall we? Together?
I'd love to help your good novel become a GREAT one.
First, a few things you'll be asking...
WHO IS APRIL GARDNER?
Glad you asked! I'm the award-winning author of seven novels, the wife of a lovable 20-year airman, and the mother of two very special teenagers. My identity, however, is in Jesus, the lover and savior of my soul. My aim is to glorify Him in all things, which includes giving the best of myself to each client. A firm believer in excellence, I strive for stellar work on every project.
My editor-client relationship strengths include quick communication, dependability with deadlines, and open and friendly dialogue. A certified copyeditor, I'm well-versed in Chicago Manual of Style, and I have seven years experience editing fiction.
WHAT DO I OFFER?
While I understand the ins and outs of the humble comma and all its buddies, crafting the perfect sentence is my great passion. During a line edit, my primary focus is language and its most effective use to communicate mood and story. Fluidity, clarity, and efficiency are my cuppa, and I pour tirelessly over every word to achieve each of those. My secondary goal is to educate and encourage and to provide my clients with confidence and know-how they can use in their future projects.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A LINE EDIT?
In a line edit, I draw attention to the following:
- Extraneous or overused words
- Comma splices and fused sentences
- Redundancies and wordiness
- Poor transitions and disrupted flow
- Confusing or ill-timed action
- Tonal slips and any element that taints intended mood
- Bland or cliche words and idioms
- Convoluted or slow narrative
HOW DO I WORK?
I offer a 1,000-word free sample edit of the manuscript. This should not be the first page of the manuscript but taken from a middle chapter. We both need a picture of what work will be required, and since first chapters are always the most polished, a sample edit from one is usually not accurate.
Once we have agreed to move forward, we'll put everything in writing via a digitally signed editorial agreement. The agreement lays out expectations of both parties and specifies fees to be collected and when.
I work in Microsoft Word Track Changes, using comments heavily to explain the problems I see and how best to fix them. Sentence re-writes and paragraph re-organizations are common, but I take special care not to infringe on author voice.
Once we have begun the process, you can expect 2-3 three weeks for completion, depending on the level of edit. Each manuscript receives two passes before being returned to the client, and after, I am available indefinitely for questions regarding the contracted edit.
DO I CHECK FOR GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION?
A copyedit includes corrections in grammar, punctuation, syntax, consistency in spelling, numerals, fonts, and capitalization. Correcting those is not my objective. Some editors chose to copyedit in conjunction with a line edit, but in the manuscript's best interest, I believe they should be done separately. Line edits are messy business, and until the red ink from a line edit has been cleared away, the document is often too cluttered to make for an effective copyedit.
DO I OFFER COPYEDITING SERVICES?
Unfortunately, at this time, I do not. That said, when you hire me, you are getting both a line editor and a copyeditor who will never intentionally pass up a misspelled word or missing hyphen. I do not, however, let myself become distracted by them. The sentence takes priority.
HOW MUCH DO I CHARGE?
My current rate is $5 per page (double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman), half to be paid up front and half upon completion. Payment by check or PayPal.
HOW CAN INTERESTED CLIENTS REACH YOU?
Right here. Let's chat!