rogena mitchell-jones, literary editor
"I have been blown away by Rogena's level of professionalism and careful editing skills. She is one editor who has left a lasting impression—a wonderful one—on me. I highly recommend her editing services to anyone who asks." — Scarlett Dawn, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
Copy Editing & What it Includes
Line editing extensively streamlines your story for grammar. We focus on paragraph and sentence structure, word choice, dialogue, and consistency of tone. The line edit also IS and/or includes copy editing—such as attention to grammar, punctuation, formatting, and consistency in names, dates, and other plot elements and flow. You should hire a copy editor for line editing of your work prior to publishing. All writers can benefit from line editing, and it’s especially important before you submit to agents or self-publish. Fact-checking not included. Will discuss for an additional fee. (See our Rates page for more information.)
Proofreading is a service provided after your manuscript has gone through all stages of editing, including a complete copy and line edit. It is an important step all authors should take prior to publishing. A proofreader will check for misspellings, missing punctuation or misused words.
RMJ Manuscript Service has joined forces with Colleen Snibson Editing to offer what we call our "Two Red Pens" editing and proofreading package. The author receives an in depth editing package that also includes a proofread—both provided by seasoned editors. Check out our Two Red Pens website for more information.
Basic yet professional formatting offered for clients. We now use Vellum for most formatting. Clean and professional across all platforms. Available files for retail platforms for Draft2Digital, Kindle KDP/Amazon, CreateSpace, iTunes, Smashwords, and more. Mobi, ePub, and PDF.
(See our Rates page for more information on formatting.)
We no longer offer formatting for children's books. Our main focus is copy editing. We offer formatting for our clients as an added convenience. There are interior designers who are capable of creating beautiful children's books for you.
MS Word Track Change
We use MS Word Track Change. This saves the integrity of your document, allowing you to keep any and all changes...or none—oh, wait. Let's not think about someone rejecting all.
**All edits include an in depth, line by line, literary, technical, structural, and comprehensive editing process. Typographical errors, grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, subject and verb agreement, proper word use, clarity, point of view, redundancies, inconsistencies, dialogue, flow, and much more.
What will we do for you?
Concise Literary Editing: Technical, Substantive, Structural, Mechanical. Rules-based Editing. All things Grammar and Minor Content.
LINE-BY-LINE — WORD-BY-WORD
In-depth Grammar and Minor Content Editing — ALL Inclusive!
Here is a list of issues we will look at when reading your manuscript during the structural and copy editing process:
CONTENT EDITING & INCONSISTENCIES
SPELLING & PROOFREADING
In Short, All Edits Include In-Depth Line/Copy Editing and Minor Content Editing.
Rules-based Editing Style
We follow the rules of the Chicago Manual of Style (17th Edition) and Merriam-Webster Unabridged (paid version) and Merriam-Webster Collegiate, available free online. We also use the Oxford (Serial) Comma.
“Good writing ... involves the agony of turning profoundly difficult thoughts into lucid form, then forcing them into the tight-fitting uniform of language, making them visible and clear.”
I appreciated her ability to notice things I missed and to be able to help me retain my voice even as she fixed my mistakes. She goes above and beyond in working with you to deliver an end result to be proud of publishing." — Jess Buffett, Bestselling Author
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