Book Editing & Manuscript Evaluation

“Meagan is a dream to work with, reliable, knowledgeable, timely, consistent. I would highly recommend her to others.”

–Jo Macleod, author of Heaven Help Us


If you're looking for an editor for your manuscript, you've come to the right place! I am currently editing material in the following areas:


  • Adult literary fiction (including short fiction)
  • Children's & young adult fiction
  • Genre fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, and romance only)
  • Literary nonfiction

Levels of Editing

Depending on where you are at in your writing process, you will be looking for one or a combination of the following levels of editing:


Substantive/Structural/Developmental Editing

This is the deepest level of editing, It involves looking at the organization and structure of the manuscript as a whole and ensuring your audience is reading the material as intended.


For fiction, a substantive edit will look closely at the narrative development, pacing, characterization, dialogue, setting, and other larger matters.. For genre fiction, it will also question whether the expectations of the genre are being met and that the pacing is on track.


For nonfiction, substantive editing will pay special attention to the overall tone, voice, and clarity. Do any areas remain unclear? Are any details irrelevant or misplaced? For biographies and memoirs, is the narrative thread strong enough to retain the reader's interest?


Stylistic/Line Editing

Here an editor reviews the manuscript line by line. Do inconsistencies exist in the point-of-view, tone, or writing style? Are there any errors in continuity? Does a character mysteriously lose his accent between chapters? Is the material flowing as it should?


If the manuscript involves more than one author, a line edit will ensure consistency of tone and writing style throughout the material.


Copy editing

Once the larger matters are handled, copy editing ensures the material is error-free, stylistically consistent, and accurate. It involves looking for specific instances of ambiguity and repetition. Depending on the material, a thorough fact-check may be necessary. This is the stage where spelling, grammar, and punctuation is corrected. Headings, footnotes, photo captions, and other elements are also checked. The manuscript in its entirety is made ready for typesetting or ebook formatting.


Proofreading

Proofreading is often confused with copyediting. In short, proofreading is a final edit that happens after the manuscript has been typeset. If publishing with a traditional publisher, the publishing house will most likely have a proofreader on its in-house editing team. If you are self-publishing, however, it is recommended that you have someone proofread the manuscript once again after typesetting before going to print.


Manuscript Evaluation

If you don't feel as though you need an actual edit, a manuscript evaluation may be for you. For this, the editor reads the manuscript with a close eye for substantive, stylistic, and copy editing challenges. Detailed notes of these issues are provided in a letter along with suggestions for possible solutions. There is no editing involved but the critique will provide a map for you to carry out the necessary revisions. Our editor-author dialogue remains open during the author's revision process.