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Editorial Services

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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.

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Copyediting

  • 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.

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Proofreading

  • 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's sensitivity review of my novel was thoughtful and constructive. Her thorough review gave me exactly what I needed before querying the manuscript, and she delivered  her work right on time.

Valerie L.

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