Copy-editing - cohesiveness and continuity.

 

When you ask me to copy-edit, I pay close attention to sentence structure, paragraph flow, unified voice throughout the piece, and continuity issues. I re-word awkward sentences. I fix verb/subject match. I slice up run-on sentences. And, I am constantly alert to be certain that "Subject A" and "Subject B" appear throughout the story in the correct order.

 

In a fiction project or novel, copy-editing is crucial to smooth readability by people who will be paying real money for your book.

 

In a non-fiction project, idea flow and continuity are crucial to commercial success of a text or manual or other non-fiction book. 

 

For book-length fiction and non-fiction projects, the first step for us will be a meeting and a short review. We will discuss your goals and expectations and my expertise to determine if our working together will be a good fit. Then, a complete Assessment and Recommendations report will be prepared at an agreed-upon fee. Finally, we will charge into the project on an estimated timeline and turn your nuggets into polished gold.

 

In a script, I make sure that the characters' names are correct throughout the piece and that any information that appears in the final scenes is the same as the setup in earlier scenes. The devil is in the details, it really is. 

 

When reviewing websites, I make sure that all text is the same size and weight where appropriate, and that the "feel" and "voice" of the site is clear and consistent.

 

Annual reports and proposals are reviewed with diligence to remove jargon when it muddies the message, and to use appropriate technical language when it amplifies the message.

 

When I copy-edit, I never lose your voice. In fact, I make sure that you don't lose your voice throughout the piece, either. We're a team, always.

 

Call or write me about your project and we'll plot the scope of the project and plan a budget. The process will be win-win - I guarantee it!

Plural Not Possessive

Boys, Boy's, Boys', Boise - fooled you.

If your sentence or headline speaks of more than one boy, just add an "s" and be done with it. Leave the cute little apostrophe out of the game. Who's in Boise?

Yours, His, Hers, Theirs, Ours, Its

Honest - for real - I wouldn't kid you.

You don't need an apostrophe on these words. They are possessive all by themselves. They're not plural, they're just handy little words that use an "s" as easily as, well, "as" or "bonus" or "fits."

There - Their - They're - Thayer

THERE are three ways to spell that pesky word. Each of them is demonstrated right here, 'er, THERE. Be sure that THEY'RE used correctly, so that THEIR feelings don't become bruised. Oh, and the Thayer family lived next door to me once upon a time. Nice folks. :-)

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