I'm Jessica and I like to read books. I'm also pretty good with spelling and grammar, though some might call my comma usage...capricious. Read on to find out why.
Developmental / Content Editing
In a developmental or content edit, I look at your story as a whole and make suggestions on issues like structure, character arc, showing versus telling, point of view (POV), internal and external conflict, plot holes or unresolved story lines, and pacing. I'll make comments on the manuscript itself with specific notes and also send you an editorial letter that details some of the bigger or more general points that should be addressed.
Please note that my developmental editing experience has been mainly with romance fiction, so that is my strength. If you'd like me to work on a different genre, I'll be happy to discuss it with you, but I may end up recommending that you work with another editor who would be a better match for you and your book.
Line edits are where I do my most detailed work. At this point, your story structure should be set and it's time to dig into things like dialogue, scene pacing, tone, chapter hooks, and story details. I'll also review your writing (not the story) for word choice, overuse of adverbs or fillers, clunky or confusing passages, and bad habits like repetition of words or sentence structure.
Copyedits (or copy edits) are a detailed and technical check of grammar, syntax, and spelling, and may also include research and fact-checking. Regarding my "capricious" comma usage from above, I try to stick with the style that the author prefers - if you love commas and put them absolutely everywhere, I'll only remove or change the ones that are absolutely necessary for readability; if you hate commas and don't want any in your manuscript, I'll remove as many as possible; and if you have no idea where commas are supposed to go and the mere thought of semi-colons makes you hyperventilate, I will punctuate judiciously for you.
This is the final-final-FINAL step before you're ready to publish your book or submit the manuscript to an editor or agent. By this point, at least one other person (and maybe three or ten!) has read through the work to help you craft the best story possible and correct grammar and spelling mistakes. One last set of fresh eyes is recommended to catch those little tiny errors that everyone else skipped over - double spacing after a period, a missing word, or unintentionally going from CHAPTER TEN to CHAPTER TWELVE in your numbering.
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Jessica Snyder is thorough, meticulous, affordable, and efficient. I won't publish a book without her eagle-eyed proofreading.
~ Jamie Farrell, romance author (a really funny one, you should read her books!)
Looking for something else?
Do you have questions about the romance writing community? Need a beta read but not ready for a full edit yet? Wondering if you're on the right track with your current project and want to brainstorm? Looking for someone with a military background to do a sanity check on your dialogue?
Contact me! I love helping people, and if I don't have the answers or information you're looking for, I'll be happy to discuss with you or offer suggestions to help you find it.