Hi! I'm Bonita Kale, and I can help you proofread, edit, and polish your manuscript, whether it be a novel, a nonfiction book, or a short article. If you're in a rush, here's the
button. Otherwise, how about some background on line editing?
Line editing is a tool, like a wrench. A line editor is a manuscript plumber. I use the line editing tool to help your manuscript in these areas:
Clarity: Line editing can help with the tricky task of transferring what's in your head into the reader's head, through your manuscript. Your own knowledge can actually be a block to clear expression! You know who's holding the gun in your novel. You know the size of the hero's office, the meaning of every acronym. Unconsciously, you may assume the reader knows those things, too, when you haven't made them clear.
Smooth writing for easy reading: Line editing can eliminate clumsy narrative and clunky dialogue in your manuscript, so your writing sounds as if it fell accidentally into the most felicitous arrangement of words. Ideally, the reader will be unconscious of the page. Your words will stand out of the way and let the story through. I can smooth your writing, show you why one sentence works, and another doesn't.
What about grammar and spelling, you ask? Yes, of course, line editing includes proofreading. A spell checker won't tell you that you've mixed up "discrete" and "discreet." I can spot that.
Ideally, you won't pay for long. Line editing is a one-on-one educational tool. When you see the changes I make in your manuscript, and my reasons, and re-read your work with changes in place, you are training your mental ear. When you're proofreading your own manuscripts later, you'll catch problems you don't notice now.
Manuscript line editing is not a salability assessment. I can proofread, copy edit, rephrase--but I won't tell you whether your manuscript will sell, because my crystal ball's in the shop.
I specialize in genre novels, specifically mysteries, science fiction, and fantasy, for adults and children. Those are the kinds of writing my ear is especially tuned to, and I do a better job with them than with other types of fiction. I also edit nonfiction of a general nature, but I don't do technical, scientific, musical, or business administration jargon. And I'm an American, so I don't entirely trust my ear for non-U.S. diction.
(There's a page for this shown on the menu, but I like to have it on the home page as well.) I charge by the page. What's a page? A standard manuscript page is 250 words (for poetry, about 20 lines).
If you print out your document in standard US format to send to a publisher, you'll have letter-size paper with one-inch margins, and your lines will be double-spaced. That means every line will have an extra, blank, line after it. (You don't do it yourself; you set your word processor to do it.) When you print a document that way, an average page is 250 words.
So, when I get your manuscript, I do a word count, and divide by 250. That's the number of pages.
A 10,000 word document is 40 pages, and costs $200.00. 100,000 words make 400 pages, which cost $1200.00 to edit.
I take checks (made out to Bonita Kale), money orders (ditto), and PayPal. Don't worry about the time it takes to mail a check; just let me know you mailed it. I don't wait for it to arrive to start working.
You e-mail the piece. I e-mail it back, with suggested changes, comments, and notes. (If you want me to print it out and snail-mail it back to you, I can do that, but it costs a lot more.)
Before you invest your hard-earned money, be sure to try a
It's important to me not to sell you Brie when you wanted Camembert, so I really want you to find out if you like what I do before you pay for it. You might even learn something!
Or a manuscript you're thinking of sending? E-mail
I'll be happy to hear from you.
Preditors & Editors
Mystery Writers of America
Romance Writers of America
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
Children's Writers Board
My Writers Circle
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