Every writer is too close to their creation to see it as readers will see it. There is no substitute for the fresh perspective, experience, and insight a professional editor adds to an author’s work. Our editorial team works with major Christian publishers on best-selling titles. These same editors will leverage their expertise and experience to ensure that your book achieves its potential.
Copy Edit (10 business day turn-time)
Perform global search and replace for: extra spaces, tabs, incorrect format apostrophes and quotation marks. Apply style formats to subhead levels.
Tracked changes in manuscript:
- Grammatical, typographical and CMOS style errors
Adjust awkward or unclear sentences; complete problematic sentence fragments; check table of contents for consistency with chapter titles; list items that may require permission or credit (quotes, poems, song lyrics); list queries concerning errors/inconsistencies for author to address; and do minor proofread to check editing.
Substantive Edit (15 business day turn-time)
Copy editing (listed above) plus:
Check for overall clarity; remove redundancies; in fiction – replace “telling” dialogue tags; change passive voice to active; ensure material is logical and understandable; perform minor rewriting; reorganize paragraphs as needed for logical flow; check for first references to footnotes, figures, and tables; check headings for consistency; check for proper sequence in lists; check tables and figures; check Bible quotes, numbers, and versions and look for consistency and accuracy; and correct Bible reference and put them in the correct style and format.
Developmental Edit (20 business day turn-time)
Substantive edit (listed above) plus:
Initially edit one chapter for author approval before proceeding to entire manuscript; reorganize sentences, paragraphs, and chapters for logical flow; smooth transitions between sentences, paragraphs, and chapters; rewrite unclear text; ensure consistent structure by adding and deleting headings and subheadings; check for overall clarity and accuracy; enforce consistent style and tone; revise all aspects of the text to improve its presentation.
Plus – proofreading.
Line by line reading and printout of typeset pages marking:
Typos and misspelled words; incorrect words; inappropriate word, line and page breaks; editorial oversights; incorrect number and alphabetical sequences; incorrect vertical and horizontal alignment of text; formatting problems; extra spaces between words and characters; and transposed punctuation.
All front matter for accuracy; running headers and page numbers; table of contents and chapter titles; subheads; format consistency; hyphenation and line breaks, orphans and widow; figures and tables; footnotes and endnotes; and bibliography/resources.