Book editing is a multi-step process. The stages go by different names, depending on who you ask, but they generally follow this order:
After reviewing your project, I'll offer an estimate based on editing service, word count, time required, and type of manuscript. Contact me about getting started. (Note: My editing rates and speed are in keeping with the Editorial Freelancers Association's chart of editorial rates, which you can find here.)
Interested in the kinds of books I've worked on? Check out this partial list of nonfiction projects, organized by genre/topic, and this list of novels.
Developmental (Content) Editing
Developmental editing is the first editing stage; it addresses the manuscript's big picture and overall concept. I provide detailed feedback, guidance, examples, and suggestions throughout the manuscript, but stop short of making widespread revisions to the text. Content editing looks at
Line (Substantive) Editing
Line editing involves polishing the text line by line. It goes a step beyond copyediting to improve readability and flow in addition to ensuring mechanical correctness. This service is appropriate for manuscripts that have already been critiqued and/or edited for big-picture issues. Line editing
Copyediting is the final editing stage and ensures the manuscript is clear, correct, and consistent. This service is appropriate for manuscripts that have already been edited for language and big-picture issues. Copyediting ensures
Proofreading is the final chance to catch typos, spelling mistakes, punctuation errors, and formatting glitches before a book goes to print. It does not involve editing for grammar, syntax, or other mechanical issues; those are addressed during copyediting.