Manuscript Editing Specifications

Our Manuscript Editing goes far beyond proofreading. Our comprehensive manuscript coverage includes detailed editing for structural continuity and accuracy based on 18 different categories:

  • Spelling errors:

    1. Basic spelling errors

    2. “there,” “their,” and “they're”
      “affect” and “effect”
      “two,” “too,” and “two”
      “it's” and “its”

    3. Errors in both singular and plural possessives

  • Punctuation errors:

    1. Hyphenations
    2. Commas
    3. Semicolons
    4. Colons
    5. En dashes and em dashes
    6. Quotation mark
    7. Apostrophes

  • Grammar errors:

    1. Subject and verb usage
    2. Tense problems: Do you find yourself lost in time rereading your manuscript, or spending extraneous hours discussing with your editors or test readers about the time line of your story? Our editors only know too well how contentious tense issues could be, and advise you earliest how best to deal with them.
    3. Plural and singular problems
    4. Basic word, sentence, and paragraph syntax
    5. Run-on sentences and sentence fragments

  • Changes in word choice:

    1. Overused words
    2. Clearer word choices
    3. Pointing out offensive words

  • What it does not include and what we will not do:

    • Suggest improvements to enhance the content
    • Add or delete sections of manuscript
    • Reorder material
    • Check formatting of references cited
    • Identify inconsistencies or contradictions within the text
    • Make changes in plot, concept, or character definition
    • Characterization details
    • Basically change the content, flow, or author's writing style in any manner.

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