Copyediting & Line Editing

This process generally begins after a writer has completed several drafts and entails an in-depth, line-by-line examination of the work. The copyeditor/line editor examines each line and word for clarity, consistency, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and syntax; checks logic and credibility; sees whether the chapters flow and the sequence makes sense; trims and shapes overwritten sentences; watches for libelous statements and overused or incorrectly used words; standardizes captions, tables, lists, and bibliographies; catches errors of fact; and notes inconsistencies in logic, sense, and style. Suggestions for revisions cover structure, thesis, narrative, voice, logic, word choice, pacing, and organization. For fiction, this edit also focuses on plot and story, character development, conflict and tension, point of view, dialogue, scene order, and setting.

 

  • Nomi Isak

    Writer, coach, and developmental editor, Nomi specializes in collaboration and ghostwriting, as well as guiding authors through the process of writing their own books. Services include manuscript critiques for both fiction and nonfiction, and proposal and web content development.

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  • Barbara DeSantis

    Editor, writer, coach. Literary and commercial fiction, including young adult. Memoir and narrative nonfiction, self-help, spirituality. Developmental and line editing, ghostwriting. Manuscript critiques, book proposals, marketing materials. More than 25 years book-publishing experience.

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  • Deborah A. Lott, MFA

    Writing, editing: psychology, psychiatry, public health, social science, medicine, particularly gastroenterology, internal medicine, and cardiology, memoir, autobiography and nonfiction narratives; research.

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  • Suzanne Mantell

    Editing and writing, books and articles. Narrative nonfiction. Memoir. Pop culture. High culture. Arts journalism. Profiles. Animals and people. Psychology. Literary fiction.

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  • Margot Dougherty

    A longtime journalist, Margot Dougherty writes and edits projects about food, entertainment, spirituality, fashion, gardening, and design. She also collaborates on memoirs, as ghostwriter and/or coach, and offers line editing and overall feedback services for proposals and books.

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  • Jenna Rose Robbins

    Writer, editor, and web consultant with experience producing in-house editorial for such companies as AOL and Disney. Services include: Novel and manuscript editing, social media, content strategy, ghostwriting, web consulting.

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  • Kate Zentall

    Writer, co-writer, editor, copyeditor, web content creator & producer, marketing communications specialist, book shaper. Memoir, personal history, parenting, lifestyle, psychology, relationships, profiles, food, self-help, entertainment, products, travel, personal statements, blogs.

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  • Sharon Goldinger

    Content editing, copyediting, proofreading, production management, book shepherding, and publishing consulting for nonfiction trade books, including business, health, self-help, and legal. We also edit websites, blogs, and marketing materials.

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  • Rena Copperman

    Nonfiction/trade: self-help, alternative medicine, health/fitness, finance, sports, careers, spirituality, cookbooks, parenting, current events. ElHi: music, health, careers. Corporate/marketing publications.

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  • Monica Faulkner

    Editorial, project management, online marketing, and speaker support services for fiction and nonfiction authors; proposals; screenplays; business marketing materials (written and online).

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