A comprehensive edit is the most in-depth level of book editing we offer. It’s a unique blend of
- line editing
- editorial comments
- a written report
A line edit focuses on the language you use to tell your story. Are your words clear and precise? Is your language enjoyable to read? Is your voice strong and consistent?
Your line editor may draw your attention to
- over or under describing
- confusing or unclear sentences
- awkward or unnatural dialogue
- scenes where your meaning is lost
- repeating the same information in different ways
- misuse or overuse of adjectives and adverbs
- bland or cliched language usage
- possible changes to improve pacing
- tonal shifts and unnatural phrasing
Your line editor may delete, insert, reword, or move words, phrases, and sentences in your manuscript. The purpose is to improve readability, flow, and meaning.
Track changes in Word are used so you can easily see your editor’s changes and can accept or reject them.
It is not the purpose of a line edit to fix any problems with spelling, grammar, punctuation, typos, etc. A copyeditor will take care of that for you.
Your editor will give you specific feedback on anything that could be strengthened.
- show how particular scenes, events, or actions don’t have the right impact, and how they may be revised
- highlight how a character’s speech or actions don’t ring true
- point out how a scene could do with more or less detail to enhance meaning and purpose
- identify unbelievable or nonsensical parts of the narrative, and how to fix them
- question the purpose of a scene, event, or character to ensure it has earned a place in the narrative
Comments will be made in the margins of your manuscript.
The editor’s report focuses on crucial issues that will not only improve your manuscript, but will give you the creative tools to become a better writer.
Common issues that an editor might include in their report are things like clunky dialogue, slow passages, plot holes, inconsistent author voice, or over-description. The report isn’t just about identifying these issues, but about suggesting ways to fix them. Maybe it’s a case of changing the order of events, removing a problem section or refocusing on the key events of your story – the aim is always that you will come away from the report knowing how your story can be improved.
To get a better idea of what the editor’s report looks like, please check out the Editor’s Report Sample in the FAQs below.