An online journal for Bryan Davis, author of the Dragons in our Midst, Oracles of Fire, Children of the Bard, Dragons of Starlight, Tales of Starlight, and Echoes from the Edge series.
Mr. Davis, I was reading your Facebook page and I saw your post about your wife's editing services. I find the timing of this quite coincidental as I am currently self-publishing my first novel (a Christian teen fantasy) and the publishing house has just recommended their highest level of editing to me. It is quite costly, though, and being a teenager, the price is a problem.Back to your post: I checked out your wife's blog, and I was wondering if you could ask her a question for me. What exactly does the line-by-line editing cover? She mentioned issues unique to fiction such as motivation, contrivances, etc. Could you (or her) clarify that for me? How in-depth does she go, in terms of plot, pacing, character, etc?Thanks for taking the time to read my long comment!
Her line edits include edits and suggested changes for lines of text, not for story structure and character development. She is willing to comment on those issues, but she will not do a macro (big picture) edit. In other words, she is willing to make a comment like, "the pacing is too slow here," or "this character's motivation is weak," but she won't offer solutions to those problems. A macro editor or story consultant does that.You could request the sample 25-page edit for $50 and see if you like what she does.
Okay, thanks for letting me know.I still have some things to fix up myself in my manuscript, but once I finish, I think I'll try her sample edit.
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