Line editing is about making every line better. It is about me knowing what you were trying to say and us working out how to say it better. It is communicative and it celebrates your manuscript. Together we delve into the rhythm of your sentences, how they will be perceived by the audience, and how each word can exemplify your story and characters.
How it works
Line editing is the most communicative stage of editing. After all, this is the stage where you are trusting me to step in and tease apart your sentences. The most important aspect of line editing is understanding your voice and intentions. You will fill in a questionnaire about your manuscript, your characters, and how you want the readers to feel about the text. What I am trying to gauge here is what excites you about your book. By knowing that, I can preserve and enhance your voice.
I find the line editing process a lot less lonesome. This is because you get to be involved! My process involves weekly updates on my progress and your thoughts on the edits so far. It is important to me to work this way because it means we build a stronger sense of your individual voice earlier on so all my edits are increasingly informed by you and your preferences.
Of course, this doesn't mean I don't give you my professional input. What it does mean is that every change and suggestion that I make is one that I can justify to you against industry knowledge and your intentions for engaging your readership. My advice guides your hand at recasting sentences to strengthen them.
The finished product might look quite different to where we started, but it will also be your words.
Get in touch today to find out how your manuscript could benefit from line editing.