Editing Services

Copy Editing

Copy editing means checking and correcting areas such as spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and word usage. In most production workflows, copy editing occurs before proofreading. Copy editing usually involves using either a pencil to mark up a hard copy or the Track Changes feature to mark up an MS Word document. I worked as an in-house copy editor for over seven years, and I am comfortable editing many types of material.

Please note that I do not edit student papers or theses without a signed form from the professor giving approval for and setting out the terms of the edit. For further information, please read the Editors’ Association of Canada Guidelines for Ethical Editing of Theses/Dissertations.

Indexing

Indexing involves creating a list of key terms found or discussed in a text. The terms are usually listed in alphabetical order and include corresponding page references. Most people who have tried indexing either love it or hate it—I am one of the former. (I have been told that I have “the soul of an indexer.”) I have indexed trade and scholarly books and spent several years indexing Sears’s major catalogues. At the 2013 ISC conference, I gave a presentation about my experience indexing Michael Bryant’s memoir, 28 Seconds. I have also taught an indexing seminar, Indexing 101: Back-of-the-Book Indexing for Beginners, for the Toronto Branch of Editors Canada.

Manuscript Evaluation

A manuscript evaluation is a 10–15 page critique of a book-length fiction manuscript. The evaluation addresses areas such as plot, structure, characterization, dialogue, and marketability. In evaluating manuscripts, I balance honesty with tact and sensitivity. As a published novelist and short story writer whose own work has been edited, I understand how difficult it can be to hear criticism about your writing. My goal is to point out your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses and provide thoughtful, concrete advice to help you improve your story. I have critiqued three novels-in-progress.

Permissions & Photo Research

This type of research involves obtaining written clearance for a publisher or individual to reproduce copyrighted material. Photo research also encompasses finding suitable photos to use in a new publication. I have over eight years of experience clearing permissions for Canadian educational publishers, and I am well-versed in Canadian copyright rules. I can help you obtain permission to use third-party material, whether print or electronic, in your publication. I have taught a permissions seminar, Demystifying Permissions Clearance and Photo Research, for the Toronto Branch of Editors Canada.

Proofreading

A proofreader checks all of the areas that a copy editor does, and also verifies typography: For example, is the spacing between lines consistent? Are page numbers in the correct order? In most production workflows, proofreading occurs after copy editing. Proofreading usually involves using either a pencil to mark up a hard copy or the Tools & Comment tabs in Adobe Acrobat to mark up a PDF. A document ready for proofreading looks similar to what a reader would see when the document is published. Some clients seeking proofreading are actually looking for copy editing. I have proofread all types of books (trade, educational, and scholarly) and reports.

Rates

Rates vary depending on the project and service. For further details, please contact me.