I hold a BA and an MA in English, and I have taught writing at Auburn University, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Louisville. I had twelve years of experience as a copy editor for newspapers, business journals, and medical journals before I spent sixteen months copy editing exclusively what I truly love: romance novels! Now, after copy editing 45 romance novels in every subgenre from YA to inspirational to m/m erotica—including 37 manuscripts for Harlequin Books/HarperCollins—I’m ready to hang out my shingle as a line editor and copy editor for indie authors.
My goal as both a writer and an editor of romance fiction is to ensure your novel reaches out and draws in readers so deeply that they forget they’re reading. Once you’ve done the hard work of telling a great story that absorbs readers, you don’t want a grammatical error or confusing sentence to kick them back out!
As a RITA finalist and the author of sixteen YA, new adult, and adult romance novels published by Simon & Schuster, I have had great copy editors myself. A great copy editor understands what you are trying to do in a story and helps you do it better, while being very careful to preserve your unique style. My goal is to be that great copy editor for you.
What I do:
I line edit and copy edit your manuscript at the same time, using the Track Changes function in Word. Here’s what I have my eyes peeled for:
- Illogical timeline
- Factual errors
- Repeated ideas
- Missing transitions
- Confusing sentence structure
- Detail inconsistencies
- Incorrect grammar
- Incorrect word usage
- Repetitive words
- Misused punctuation
- Inconsistent styling of notes, emails, texts, and so forth
- Inconsistent styling of chapter heads, scene breaks, and the like
- And of course, just plain typos
I also send you a separate Word document with my notes on your manuscript, which can function as your series bible. I keep up with these things:
- Characters’ names, nicknames, looks, age, and other details that need to be consistent throughout the manuscript
- Places mentioned
- A list of all the words that I look up or that you spell a certain way when there is more than one correct spelling
- Formatting details—whether the chapter head is bold, whether it’s centered, how many returns there are between scene breaks, and so forth
I ask for ½ the fee before I start and ½ upon completion of the edit.
Payment is easy via PayPal.
The next step:
Please use the form below to shoot me an email describing your work and your ideal schedule for this edit. I would be glad to send you my free sample edit of the first 10 pages of your manuscript before you commit. I look forward to hearing from you! :)