When you decide to have your work edited or critiqued, what are your options? I've resisted posting this because projects and writers differ wildly, and I'm adamant about working on an individual basis to meet authors' and books' needs. This ain't McDonald's; there's no preset Happy Meal Edit menu!
That said, here are some rough guidelines:
I offer a few different levels of service. The most basic is pure proofreading (edits for grammar, usage, spelling, basic consistencies). The next level is a limited critique edit, which includes all the proofreading, along with comments that are basically reader-centered, offering feedback without actually rewriting or re-structuring; this includes suggestions on cutting or expansion. The most comprehensive level includes the first two as well as in-depth critique, suggestions for improvement, suggestions for re-structuring and organizing information, and occasional re-writes if necessary.
In terms of format, I edit in Microsoft Word, using the Track Changes feature. I've found this is most convenient for everyone involved, since it makes the whole process go much faster than on pen and paper (though we can send the paper ms. back and forth via snail mail if you prefer.)
I'm an editor with eight years' experience at a publishing firm in NYC and Chicago, as well as an online editing company. I was educated at Northwestern (B.A.), and the University of Texas at Austin (M.F.A.) and specialize in creative writing critique. I live in Austin, TX.
As a writer myself, I understand how important it is to find an editor with whom you connect, and who understands your project. The best editing not only corrects mistakes, it polishes and sculpts the manuscript into a truer version of itself.
My own work has appeared in The Southern Review, Massachusetts Review, Paris Review, Crazyhorse, The Tampa Review, The Gettysburg Review, Nimrod, and other journals.
People hire me to look over first drafts, to polish a final, query-able manuscript, or for tasks in between. I've worked on memoirs, works of non-fiction, and textbooks. I do this full-time, and therefore offer a speedy turnaround. Piles and piles of references available.
For an exact quote, or to speak directly to my references, send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Oh (bleep), you're a godsend. They decided to take it after this round of edits. You're going in the credits." -Anthony, author of a travel memoir
"I’m so glad I found you! Your editing of --- has been excellent. I’ve rewritten much of the middle section and will let you know the outcome of its sojourn with the agent." -Laura, author of a series of detective novels
"Thanks so much. I agree with every one of your edits. I'm so glad I finally found someone who understands the vision here." -Jason, author of four YA novels
"Thanks a million for the edits; this is just what I needed. The book is starting to shape up quite nicely after changing what you suggested." -Gabby, author of a literary coming-of-age novel
"What an eye. My editors at Macmillan didn't catch that calculation error. Now I can embarrass them!"-John, textbook author and UC professor