My line editing service is for authors who are happy with the overall plot and style of their novel but are looking to improve the readability. Line editing improves the prose of your novel and its overall effect through deletions, shifts in words, phrases, and sentences.
During a line edit, I will watch for grammar mistakes and typos, but please be aware that this is not the primary goal of this book editing service. Rather, I will be focusing on structural changes that will improve the pacing, flow, and clarity of your prose.
Every manuscript is unique and your line edits will depend on your manuscript’s needs.
- Trim words, phrases, or sentences that are extraneous and do not contribute to the story
- Rearrange sentences and passages or suggest new ones to improve the pacing and establish a good rhythm
- Tighten dialogue, point out inconsistencies, tonal shifts, and unnatural phrasing
- Address told versus shown prose
- Add words or phrases to clarify or enhance your meaning
- Flags run-on sentences or redundancies
- Flags confusing narrative digressions
How to Know if You’re Ready for a Line Edit
Line editing will usually take place after beta reading and developmental editing but before copyediting and before you undertake formatting and layout/design.
If you are happy with the plot and development of your characters and you no longer need to make any edits or changes to the foundation of your novel, then you may be ready to move on to line editing. However, if you think you may still want to change some aspects of the story or add/remove a significant number of passages, then it is best to wait on line editing.