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Editorial Services


Authenticity Reading

  • When: Usually occurs prior to final editing since the feedback could result in changes to the manuscript (e.g., character descriptions).

  • What: A type of beta reading. Often sought by authors who do not have direct experience in the community or identity of people they are writing about.

  • Goal: To strengthen the authenticity of the characters or topic, on items such as plot, character development, setting, and dialogue.​

  • Value: Helps prevent  misrepresentation of groups. This can be particularly beneficial when the characters are from a marginalized group or one where stereotypes may be perpetuated.



  • When: Typically the second to last stage in the editing process.

  • What: A detailed review of the author's tone, clarity, grammar, spelling, flow, word choice, syntax, and consistency.

  • Goal: To provide the client with recommendations to make a more cohesive and readable manuscript that adheres to language and grammar standards.

  • Value: Improves flow and readability of the manuscript. Identifies overlooked errors such as inconsistency in the tense or misused phrases and terms.



  • When: The last step in the editing process. Usually done right before the document is finalized.

  • What: A review of the manuscript with a fine-tooth comb to look for any and all errors. This includes typos, formatting, page layout, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar. 

  • Goal: To identify unwanted errors (big or small) and deliver a polished document.

  • Value: Last opportunity to correct errors before finalizing a document. Best to work with a proofreader to prevent any pesky typos before it prints.

“Marcella was so thorough and easy to work with! It's obvious that she truly cares about helping her clients produce polished, quality content.”

Jennifer G.

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