Here is an outline of how the editing process works, so you know what to expect:
1. You send me a description of your manuscript (word count/pages, any background you feel is important, your intentions for publication, and your timing) along with a sample of it and what level of editing you are looking for.
2. I edit the sample and send it back along with an offer and estimated timeline.
3. If we are a good fit, you accept the offer, send the full manuscript, and I begin the editing process.
4. I work in Word with Track Changes. This allows you to see and easily accept or reject changes. I can ask questions for clarification or make suggestions in the Comments, and you can respond there as well. Once I am done I will send you two copies of the fully edited manuscript: one with all the mark-up, and one in which the edits have been integrated so you can see them side by side.
5. You incorporate the edits, accepting or rejecting changes, considering my suggestions and questions and rewording anything you see fit. You can ask me questions at any time (I will get back to you within one business day) and we can go back and forth in the process as many times as needed up to the completion date we have agreed to.
If this sounds good to you, give me a shout and let's get to work!
"Clelia Lewis is an outstanding editor. A significant work I recently published was enhanced by her clarity, precision, and discernment. Clelia was respectful of my purpose for writing and of my intention, even for sometimes idiosyncratic word choices. At the same time, when she thought I might possibly be off my own mark she did not hesitate to question me, which I appreciated. She was already very familiar with the subject area of my work, and still, on her own, occasionally researched less familiar specifics. I greatly enjoyed Clelia’s flexible, cheerful, thorough, and highly intelligent contribution to my book, and our warm and stimulating collaborative working relationship." - Barbara Du Bois, Buddhist teacher, disciple of H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche and H.H. Garchen Rinpoche.
This is the lightest edit, the last stage before publishing. Proof-reading is the final sweep at the end of your process, catching missed details and typos. If your manuscript has already been edited for clarity and style, this may be all you need. This is always included as the final step of any edit I do.
More thorough than proof-reading, copy editing applies to a manuscript that still needs final technical refinements relating to grammar, typos, punctuation, missing words, incorrect words, misspellings, minor clarity issues, and technical consistency.
Line editing includes but goes beyond basic copy editing, taking a deeper look at the line and paragraph level regarding tone, flow, structure and meaning of the manuscript, and making suggestions or asking questions that bring the writing to its cleanest, clearest form.
Issues that line editing addresses include: awkward sentence construction, wordiness, lack of clarity, vagueness, jargon, crutch words, redundancies, minor fact checking, and consistency of spelling, punctuation style, numbers, names and facts.
Indexing involves a deep read of the text to find the themes, ideas, and vocabulary relevant to anyone reading the book, then organizing them into a thorough, coherent list for reference.
I provide copy editing and indexing services , as well as other assistance to Regina Sara Ryan, Managing Editor at Hohm Press.
Developmental Editing, Copy Editing, Indexing
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Freelance editor with 26 years' experience in UK children's publishing. Published The Hunger Games, His Dark Materials, Horrible Histories.
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