Line Editing & Copyediting

Line Editing: 

I analyze the manuscript at the sentence and paragraph level, highlighting some of its strengths, and make edits, comments, and suggestions. Unlike developmental editing and manuscript evaluation, this does not involve reorganizing the manuscript, reshaping the plot, or extensively refining character development, although I might make occasional recommendations on how a particular sentence or paragraph could enrich these elements of your story.

To ensure that the plot, characterization, and other “big picture” elements of your novel have reached their full potential, I recommend developmental editing, a manuscript evaluation, and/or receiving thorough, thoughtful feedback from a writing workshop or beta readers before delving into line editing.

Areas Explored in Line Editing:

  • Sentence structure
  • Rhythm
  • Ensuring that each paragraph flows smoothly
  • Pacing
  • Clarity and consistency
  • Clear and consistent use of point of view
  • Effective use of dialogue
  • Use of active vs. passive voice
  • Precise and varied word choices
  • Anything else that might distract readers from your story


Copyediting is usually provided after developmental or line editing, and it focuses on technical issues:

  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Capitalization
  • Sentence structure
  • Word usage
  • Consistency in presentation of numbers, hyphenation, and abbreviations

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