Editing Services

My goal as an editor is to make you proud of your work and confident in its quality.  I cropped-7a779-profile2b02112018will provide suggestions to help you attain clarity and conciseness. I will maintain your personal tone and voice while rearranging sentence structure as needed.

What I do

I edit fiction novels that are in the science fiction, mystery, paranormal or horror genres.

Check list your manuscript will receive:

  • Spelling, grammar and punctuation 
  • Capitalization
  • Numbers consistency
  • Hyphen use (hyphen, en-dash or em-dash)
  • Gender neutrality
  • Titles, heads, and subheads (consistent)
  • Redundancies
  • Wordiness, triteness
  • Vague generalizations
  • Lack of focus

Copyediting can range from light to heavy. Although copyediting includes the basics of proofreading, it also goes a step (or more) further. In copyediting your text, I read your work line by line and do the following:

  • Correct faulty spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Write queries when something isn’t clear or doesn’t seem to make sense.
  • Flag redundancies and suggest alternative wordings if warranted.
  • Ensure consistency in spelling, numbers, capitalization, names, and hyphenation.
  • Flag or reword jargon.
  • Smooth out awkward or confusing sentences.
  • Ensure that any citations/notes are complete and that their style is consistent.
  • Create a style sheet listing terms, character names, treatment of numbers, and so on for your individual piece.

What I don’t do

I am not a developmental editor. I do not rewrite or change organization.

Education

Attended:

Riverside Community College, Riverside California

UC Berkely Ext Professional Sequence in Editing certification

Contact

For more information or inquiries, send email to Kathy Finfrock