If you have a draft of your story or novel and you're not sure what to do next, this stage of editing may be what you're looking for. I'll give you constructive feedback on your characters and character development as well as on the story as a whole, including what's working and what may need to be strengthened.
This stage of editing is for those books that are mostly "done" but need some tidying up. I will edit for grammar and spelling, style consistency, and any story snags that need to be resolved (e.g., your heroine reaches for her cell phone in chapter 10, but in chapter 7 she ran over the alleged phone and shattered it).
Whether you are self-publishing or preparing to submit it to a publisher, your manuscript needs to be in the best shape possible, and a pre-submission edit is always a good idea.
Book Design & Formatting
You don't have to know what "front matter" is or that page 1 should start on a righthand page to publish your own books, but there are a lot of little things that go into a book that will make it look more professional. I love making books, and I love making beautiful, quality products that my clients are proud of. If you want to self-publish but don't want to deal with the hassle of the details of formatting, you're in luck! That's the part I love the most!
I can design a cover for your book that you can use for any self-publishing platform. I enjoy the interaction with a client when we put together a book cover that reflects the content of the book and makes a positive impression on potential readers.
I work with the CreateSpace and IngramSpark print-on-demand self-publishing platforms, and I can help you navigate these systems, from assisting in setting up your account to making sure your book is available to the world.
I consider this stage to be the last set of eyes on a manuscript before it's published. The version I'm proofreading should be the final, formatted version of the book--in fact it can be an actual proof of the book. I will look for grammar, spelling, and style as well as any major story snags, although by this stage those should all be smoothed out.