Three Page Introductory Edit

If you are considering a substantive edit, the combined line edit and substantive edit, or the mentoring service, you may want to know just how brutal an editor I am.

It’s a fair question.

I’ll tell you up front, I’m fairly brutal, but I try hard to be constructive, and I’m committed to not rewriting an author. The story is yours, not mine. I’ll make suggestions, point out principles, and correct errors—actual grammar mistakes or typos or factual inaccuracies (there are five seven continents, for instance).

To see what this would look like, I offer a free three-page introductory edit (using the industry standard of 250 words per page). That way, if you feel my editing style does not meet your expectations, you haven’t lost any money, and I haven’t wasted much time.

As with the other services, please format your manuscript in keeping with that which agents and editors require. Here are the basics:

  • 12 point Times New Roman font
  • Double spaced
  • No extra line between paragraphs
  • Margins set at one inch, for both sides and top/bottom
  • The beginning of each paragraph indented (a half inch)
  • A “slug” included in the header: Author last name / Title / Page number

Writers wishing this type of edit should transmit their manuscript electronically using Microsoft Word. Copy edits will be made using Word’s “Track Changes” feature. The substantive edit report will be sent as a separate document.

If you’re interested in discussing the three-page free introductory edit, please contact me by leaving a comment or by emailing me at rluellam at yahoo dot com. Please include your genre.


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