Line editing takes a look at the style, clarity, and effectiveness of the language used. Unlike a copy edit, where the editor’s main focus is grammar, line editing is more nuanced and includes more subjective, interpretive changes. When I line edit fiction, I also ensure that story and plot elements stay consistent throughout your novel.
Line editing costs $0.016 per word or $1,600 per 100,000 words.
What is line editing?Line editing is my most popular service. Once you have established a plot, story arc, and characters, it’s time to amplify your story on a sentence-by-sentence basis to ensure that even the most minute details are precisely aligned. Line editing ensures that the red coat that your character was wearing on page 5 is still red on page 10. Line editing also prevents you from erroneously shifting from past to present tense in the middle of the same sentence. Another example of line editing is confirming that the main character in your story always has the same name. The key objective of line editing is to ensure a smooth reading experience for your audience.
When should line editing be done?Once you have a fully completed draft of your manuscript, but prior to copy editing.
Ana has been an absolute pleasure to work with. She has helped bring my four children’s books to life, and we are still working on the rest of the series. She also has the ability to add more color and texture to the story to make sure it has the most impact on the reader. I have been very lucky to have crossed paths with her expertise.
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