Editorial Considerations

Are you interested in what goes on in my brain while I work?

These are the questions I’ll be asking myself as I edit for you.

Critique
  •  Plot
    • Does your story make sense?
    • Do you have a conflict and a resolution?
    • Are there any events or decisions that are difficult to believe or that undermine the character’s actions?
  • Pacing/Development
    • Is there an appropriate amount of background information?
    • Does the story move at a pace that’s sustainable?
    • Is the narrative focused on important plot events?
  • Reader Engagement
    • Does your beginning hook the reader? Does the ending satisfy?
    • Is the setting/plot appealing?
    • Does the story speak to a larger audience?
  • Character Consistency/Appeal
    • Are the characters well-rounded and believable?
    • Are their desires and motivations apparent and consistent?
    • Does at least one character inspire the reader’s sympathy?
    • Do the characters develop over the course of the book?
  • Thematic Material
    • Does your book have a broader message or focus?
    • Do the events in your book support this message?
  • Effective Narration
    • Is there an identifiable narrative perspective?
    • Is the narrator consistent?
    • Is the narrative style effective? Is the language clear?
Developmental Edit
  • Story Elements
    • Is there  a plot?
    • Is there a conflict? Is it compelling?
    • Does the conflict resolve? How?
    • Is there thematic material available? Is it effective?
    • Is the information provided focused around the main character / conflict?
  • Plot Elements / Pacing
    • Do the scenes progress from event to event smoothly?
    • Do I believe the outcome? Are the events believable and consistent with character motivation?
    • Is there anything that seems derivative, trite, or overdone?
    • Are there any plot holes, unexplained jumps in time or location, or major inconsistencies?
    • Are there sections of the story that are underdeveloped or overdeveloped, or do sections of the story drag?
  • Characters
    • Are they believable and well-rounded?
    • Are they consistent in appearance and motivation?
    • Do I care about them?
    • Do they develop over the course of the book?
  • Beginning / Ending
    • Are the first pages effective at drawing the reader in?
    • How is the background information developed? Is it effective?
    • Is the ending effective? Does the story conclude?
  • Audience Engagement
    • Is this book well-suited for its intended audience?
    • Is there material that will create emotional attachment or response from the reader?
    • What core interests in the reader does this story appeal to (love, justice, revenge, etc.)?
  • Narration
    • Is the story narrator effective?
    • Is the story narrator consistent, and, if not, is it intentional?
    • Is the story narrator believable, and, if not, is it intentional?
  • Organization
    • Does the order of events/chapters make sense?
    • Do the plot events occur in a way that makes the book a cohesive whole?
    • Is the story/information organized into approachable chunks?
Line Edit
  • Grammar and Usage
    • Are there consistent grammatical errors?
    • Are there misused homonyms or other commonly-confused words?
    • Does the language convey the author’s intended meaning?
  • Tense
    • Is the tense consistent?
    • Is the choice of tense effective?
    • Are there areas where the verb construction can be simplified to increase readability?
  • Flow / Awkward Construction
    • Are there sentences or paragraphs that read awkwardly?
    • Does the author make smooth transitions from one paragraph/scene to the next?
    • Does the prose seem stiff, and, if so, how can it be improved?
  • Narrative Voice
    • Is the narrative voice consistent?
    • Is the narration lively?
    • Do I get a sense of the author’s voice being distinct from the narrative voice?
  • Dialogue
    • Is the dialogue active and believable?
    • Are appropriate punctuation conventions observed?
    • Are dialogue tags appropriate and useful? Can the reader tell who the speaker is?
  • Structure
    • Are sentence lengths and structures varied?
    • Are paragraph breaks appropriate and effective?
    • Do the chapters begin and end with effective prose?