I am a writer’s shadow. As a shadow, I know that in fiction the author has the final say. The most important part of the writing process is to maintain the author’s voice and style at all times. So, I might tell you what corrections need to be made or give advice about how to bring more clarity to the content or show you how to bring more life to your characters, but these are merely suggestions. I am here to shadow your words not to change your story.
In technical writing or nonfiction, the most important aspect of editing is to follow the rules of the author/company or of the stylebook they use. The point here is to produce a clean copy that will bring clarity and enlightenment to the work with language that is easily understood.
I also know, as a writer, how hard it is to gain enough confidence to put your words on the page. That is why I try to explain the grammar and punctuation changes. You will learn why the changes are suggested. This will give you mastery over the language, style, and formatting. You’ll know why words put together a certain way will work, and when those same words put down a different way won’t work. You will have control. And, there is nothing better a publisher loves than working with someone who is in control, knows what he or she is doing, and presents a perfect (or near perfect) manuscript. People with these skills are those who get picked up first by editors and publishing houses.
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