Krysta L. Winsheimer | Muse Retrospect, LLC
Think of this as a “big-picture” edit. This level of editing will focus on story structure (narrative arc), characterization, scene dynamics (including dialogue), pacing, point of view, settings, and overall voice resonation/consistency. The resulting analysis will identify the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript and provide you with related revision suggestions. The goal of this process is for you to leave with a clear sense of how to move forward with your manuscript in a way that aligns with YOUR ultimate goals.
This level of editing is great for writers who have a completed—or almost completed—draft; whether it’s an early draft or one you’ve been agonizing over (lovingly of course…) for quite some time.
A copyedit of your manuscript will focus on grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and word usage. The goal of this level of editing is to correct or adjust any remaining issues—from a mechanics perspective—that could get in the way of a reader fully understanding, appreciating, or feeling your story. A copyedit will combine your stylistic choices with the rules of your chosen style guide to create a polished version of your manuscript.
This level of editing is great for writers who have structurally-sound draft (usually that has been through a developmental edit and/or appropriate beta reads) that is ready for a final polish before submission to agents/publishers or self-publication
A manuscript evaluation is a broader look at the elements of your story. Similar to a developmental edit, this level of editing will focus on story structure (narrative arc), characterization, scene dynamics (including dialogue), pacing, point of view, settings, and overall voice resonation/consistency. The resulting analysis will be less in-depth than a developmental edit, but will still identify the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript and provide you with related revision suggestions.
This level of editing is great for writers who have a (almost) completed draft and are ready for editorial guidance, but aren’t quite ready to tackle a full developmental edit. This level of editing can also be useful for experienced writers.
As a certified PMP, I am happy to assist with project management of all varieties.
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I have a certificate in Editing from the Poynter Institute/ACES, and have completed training in developmental editing and copyediting with the Editorial Arts Academy, the Editorial Freelancers Association, and Club Ed. Additionally, personal and professional growth are written into my business plan, so I’m continually attending webinars/trainings and reading copious books focused on the crafts of writing and editing. I am also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) which means that deadlines, transparency, and high-quality deliverables (in this case, your edit) are are extremely important to me.