"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
Why do you need an EDITOR?
There is nothing that will destroy the credibility of your writing faster than a book filled with errors. You don't get a second chance to make a great first impression. You can't undo an overabundance of negative reviews, either. So let's get to work! Click here for REFERENCES / TESTIMONIALS.
Writing can be beautiful because of the words an author chooses to use; but it can also be beautiful because of the choice of punctuation. —Adam J. Calhoun
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 on formatting.)
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.
Proofreading is a service provided after your manuscript has been edited by either RMJ MS or another professional editor. It is an important step all authors should take prior to publishing. Proofreading should happen after the file is edited and formatted by sending a PDF to your proofreader. They will be able to check for any misspellings, missing punctuation, or misused words, as well as if something appears to be off with formatting. We know most won't have the time to do it this way, so it's important to at least have your file completed edited prior to a proofread.
We offer a limited number of proofreads when edited by editors not affiliated with RMJ MS. Ask about our "Two Editors" option where RMJ MS works with Colleen Snibson Editing and Proofreading. The author receives an in depth editing package that also includes a proofread provided by two editors.
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.
What will we do for you?
Concise Literary Editing:
Technical, Substantive, Structural, Mechanical.
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.” ―Pat Conroy (RIP 1945—2016)
**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.
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