March 15th, 2020 by Jane Turner
Sunday is Sample Edit day!
Just completed another free sample edit for a writer, a project I’m excited about.
A sample edit is very useful for both editor and writer. For the editor, it lets me see the standard of work so I can properly judge how much editing is required and how long it will take. With this information, I can provide a much more accurate quote.
For the writer, it lets you see my style of editing – how I try and achieve flow, readability, and correctness. From this, you can decide if you like my style, if you want to work with me.
I need a sample of your document. Preferably from the middle, as people instinctively spend more time on the beginning and the end. I want to see your text in full flow…
I need the sample in Microsoft Word, or in plain text that I can copy to Word.
(All my editing is done in Word. Here’s a little bit on why.)
I’ll review the sample and return it to you, usually within 24hrs.
I will return your sample chapter in two versions;
✍ A Clean copy which includes my questions/notes as comments, and
✍ A Markup copy, showing tracked changes so you can see exactly what I’ve changed and have the opportunity to ask about any specifics.
Editing is a collaborative process – I can’t write like you can, but I can make your text better. I don’t want to change your writing style or voice, I just want to make sure your work is readable, flowing, and engaging.
Sample Edits are free of charge.
GET IN TOUCH if you’d like me to do a free sample edit for your manuscript.
For more info on what a copy editor does, see my Blog post on the types of Fiction Editing.