Below are the editing services that Gabi offers:
- The first read of the whole manuscript: novel, short story, article, website text along with
- The written appraisal which will take one or two weeks, again, depending on length of MS
- if the appraisal report is favourable and you decide to go ahead with the edit, we get to work
- First review: up to six weeks again depending on word count
- Detailed editing comments: included in review document
- Second review: two to three weeks — Further suggestions: included in second review
- Final review: usually much quicker, 2 weeks max.
AND … PUBLISH
FOR WEBSITES THE PROCESS IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT, PLEASE SEE THE PAGE ABOUT WEBSITES
Style guides, what are they good for?
A style guide is designed to do the following:
- Determine what language the text will follow: American English, British English or something else
- Preferences in punctuation: how will dialogue be written: in double quotation marks e.g. ” or single ones e.g. ‘
- How will quotes be handled inside text: differently to dialogue marks usually
- How will foreign words be displayed: in italics each time or only the first time. This is important for foreign street names, menu items, locations, vernacular etc
- How will Mr and Mrs be displayed: Mr. and Mrs. or Mr and Mrs
- How will dates be displayed
- Will we use serial commas where necessary or not ? You might be surprised to know that some authors don’t want to use serial commas at all, these are commas between strings of adjectives
- Will we use the Oxford Comma? (if you don’t know what that is, ask me, or check it out here)
- What spacing will we use: sometimes we’ll use double spacing left justified during the editing process. This is preferable because it’s easier to see the words, then switch to 1.5 or 1.15 justified when we begin formatting
- And finally, will we use Microsoft Track Changes for the editing process or another method e.g. highlight areas to be changed and make a note beside the highlight. This in my opinion is the hardest and worst way to edit, but it is a personal choice.
It is imperative that the Style Guide is agreed upon by both the author and the editor to avoid complications or confusion down the track.
Although a writing style is an individual choice, it is important to know the rules before you start breaking them!
The next step
Getting into the edit:
- Each chapter will be edited in the fashion decided upon in the Style Guide
- Two copies of each chapter will be sent to you, the author: the red-pen version (see image on right) and the nearly clean version that has been accepted by me but may still have red balloons with comments or questions that will need to be answered before more can be done
- IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU READ EACH VERSION CAREFULLY AS COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS ARE NOT MADE OR ASKED LIGHTLY AND WILL USUALLY HAVE A BEARING ON FUTURE CHAPTERS
- Once the whole manuscript has been edited the first time, you, the author, send it back in its entirety to me and I go through it again
- We repeat the process as above until we are all happy.
- Contact me for a chat, a coffee or a quote.
What does editing look like?
Excerpt from Amie African Adventure during editing process