Northwest Editing

Having worked with traditionally and independently published clients from across the world, I am happy to provide editorial support for ESL authors and for projects at any editorial stage. In addition to corporate documents, academic material, and web copy, my past projects include a range of manuscripts from the following genres:

• Early reading

• Children’s literature

• Fantasy

• Horror

• Literary fiction

• Memoirs

• Nonfiction

• Romance

• Science fiction

• Thrillers

• Young adult fiction

Whether you’ve written your first book and would like a critical review or are ready to publish a research article and need a thorough proofread, I would be pleased to speak with you about your project goals and recommend a suitable level of editing for your material.
Manuscript consultation
During a manuscript consultation, I will read your material critically and provide you with a report making suggestions to improve narrative elements. For fiction manuscripts, the evaluation may address issues with plot, characterisation, or pacing, whereas a nonfiction evaluation may focus more on content and informational flow.

This consultation is especially useful for authors working on second or third drafts of a manuscript, as the report may shed light on issues that can be addressed during revision. Authors looking to submit to literary agencies or publishing houses may also find a manuscript consultation helpful.

Structural editing
Structural editing involves reorganising a fiction or nonfiction manuscript to improve its readability. During a structural edit, I will make suggestions regarding the order of chapters or subsections, including character introductions and plot elements.

A structural edit clarifies the direction of a manuscript, revealing areas that can be expanded upon or cut to improve the narrative. Authors completing a second or third draft may find a structural edit helpful, as it can provide suggestions for subsequent revisions.

Stylistic + copy editing
Stylistic editing involves making changes to clarify meaning and improve sentence structure. During a stylistic edit, I will read the material line by line and edit for readability, word choice, and reading level. Stylistic editing is often combined with copy editing, during which I will make corrections for language mechanics, including grammar, spelling, punctuation, and consistency of information and style.

A combined stylistic and copy edit can be useful for any text, including web copy, academic material, or self-published books. A thorough edit can catch errors that even the most experienced author would miss in his or her own writing.

Fact checking
Fact checking involves verifying information or citations in a nonfiction text. For a fact-checking project, I will read through the material and use external or author-provided sources to check over statistics and factual statements.

This level of editing is useful for articles and web copy relying heavily on cited material. Fact checking may also involve verifying proper citation of sources according to established recommendations, such as the MLA, APA, or Chicago style guides.

Indexing involves creating a reference guide for a nonfiction book. To create an index, I will read through the material and choose subjects or concepts that encompass the key themes of the work. These elements will be arranged alphabetically by headings, subheadings, and page numbers.

An index is useful in academic or general nonfiction works, as it allows readers to refer to specific material in the text. If your project contains a substantial amount of original research or information, an index can provide a vital guide for students or fellow researchers.

Proofreading is the final stage of editing. During a proofread, I will look over the edited material to catch any remaining minor errors or inconsistencies. For printed material, a proofread should be completed upon receipt of the final proof. This allows me to catch typographical quirks that may have been introduced during typesetting.

Each of my basic editing packages includes a final proofread along with the stylistic and copy edit. I can perform this proofread on either the electronic or printed copy, depending on your intentions for the material.

Before beginning a project, I will always provide a free sample edit of a short section of the material, which allows me to give you an accurate quote and to make a recommendation as to the level of editing your project might require. All rates are quoted on a case-by-case basis according to the unique nature of each project, and I encourage you to contact me so we can talk about the best way to polish your text.