The process of editing involves a series of steps that require time and patience in order to provide a solid discussion of what’s right and where the author faces challenges. There are subtle differences between editing a work of fiction, and a nonfiction document, but in both cases there are three steps I will follow:

  1. Reading
  2. Comprehending
  3. Marking up the document

A good editor understands the basics such as grammar, punctuation, and spelling. But for a work of fiction one should fold in a multitude of techniques that the author must conquer in order to turn out a good piece of fiction – interesting and engaging.

I've been a freelance editor for 15 years and have worked with nearly 100 authors at various levels in their writing career. When I edit, I work electronically in WORD's Tracking Function where I embed my comments, suggestions, and corrections in the author's manuscript. I can provide the same service in Apple's PAGES program. 

It should be noted that it is not my goal to rewrite anyone's work, but to provide guidance and direction to assist them to produce a clear story with tight writing and no distractions. At the end of a project I return the manuscript along with a detailed report explaining what I see in the author's writing style - what's good, where the author is challenged, and suggestions to improve those challenged areas. The author has the right to reject any of my comments, and my feelings will not be hurt!

And there is always the question about cost! The charge for my services is $40 an hour. I do require a contract and 25% nonrefundable deposit and I guarantee the project will be returned no later than eight weeks from the start date. I can provide more details upon contact. I will do a sample edit of 10 pages at no cost; 25 pages at $15.

For more details on the writing process, see my book: "The Four Elements of Fiction: Character, Setting, Situation, and Theme." I'm happy to answer any questions you might have. 

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What is an Index? The index is the pathway to knowledge for the reader. An index is not just a list of words placed alphabetically at the end of a book; it is a means for locating information in a simple and logical way.

Preparing an index is a complex process and requires organizational skills, material comprehension, and patience. Deadlines are generally inflexible once the clock starts ticking.

Indexing is not a difficult process, but one that requires concentration and attention to detail.

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