In 2012 I began to write book reviews, mostly for those publishing within the indie community, and continue to do today. I’ve discovered such a wealth of storytelling, some amazing tales to be told that would likely never have enriched my life had I not taken that step those years ago.
Unfortunately, indie authors have a lot of hurdles to climb, including financial: for editing, publishing, marketing, travel, continuing sales and so on; the costs can be so daunting that some reluctantly choose to bypass the editing process, or do it themselves. Sometimes this works, but not always: many people aren’t great with that angle, but the tales they tell? – so brilliant they can change lives, for readers and authors alike. These stories really need to be out there amongst people: seen, read, savored.
I’m really pleased to be in a position now where I can offer my services to a variety of writers at affordable rates that can help them move forward without the extra burden or stress of worrying about the condition of an unedited manuscript, and get on with their world of creation.
Here at Great Land Services, we offer proofreading, copy-editing, transcription, typing or data entry services for all kinds of endeavors, from student papers and professional presentations to business literature, human resources and other transcriptions, web content, and short story, novella and book-length fiction and non-fiction.
The proofreading process will carefully and skillfully, using judgement through knowledge and experience, check that an author’s and/or copy-editor’s work on a single manuscript is satisfactory, making any corrections of spelling, grammar, missing words or punctuation issues, and inform the author of any problems with the consistency of their manuscript.
I do not correct or alter any work the author has made regarding structure or style. I have a great deal of respect for the author’s own voice, and aim to retain that within their work.
A single proofread is not always enough to ensure that there are no mistakes, so apart from initial proofing, a secondary proofread can be available if the manuscript needs quite a lot of correcting to ensure that the author and the proofer themselves do not miss anything.
When copy-editing fiction, the author’s style, syntax, writer’s voice and world-building must be taken into account. The art of copy-editing involves making any alterations needed while maintaining the writer’s style and voice.
Consistency, within both written style and the world created by the author, is also another important aspect of the copy-edit. It covers consistency of character attributes, dialogue, pace and flow. It identifies overwriting, clunky sentence construction, repetition and consistency of timelines.
Fiction v. Non-fiction:
Much of what is discussed above for fiction applies to non-fiction, minus such attributes as world-building. However, given the popularity of narrative non-fiction, even this may appear in some works. This is approached in the same fashion as for fiction, with allowances made for real life. While fact checking is not ordinarily part of our process, occasionally it may come up as minor instances for consultation and clarification.
Memoir, biography and autobiography may also contain some details that require clarification, such as dates or location.
If you have any further questions regarding the above,
or something not covered, please feel free to contact us here.
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