A developmental edit is performed when a document is being drafted and needs organizational/structural revision. This edit provides high-level feedback on organizational and structural elements in the form of global comments. I concentrate on organization, consistency, focus, logic, flow, and tone/voice from a global standpoint; very few—if any—line edits are made.
In a light edit, I check text and figures for accuracy in headings, figure citations, and document references; consistency in font size, spacing, other formatting, sequencing, and organization; correctness of grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, subject-verb agreement, verb tense, and word usage (diction).
For a medium edit, I perform all aspects of a light edit, plus rewrite as necessary to improve clarity, conciseness, and/or cohesion. (This is the most common level of edit clients request.)
A substantive edit includes all aspects of a medium edit as well as a thorough review to ensure clarity of expression, completeness of discussion, and logical development of ideas. For a substantive edit, I add needed material, delete unnecessary material, and rewrite as necessary to correct awkward sentence structure or eliminate ambiguities.
Rewriting or restructuring a document requires all steps of a substantive edit in addition to rewriting text; reorganizing chapters, sections, etc.; writing abstracts; restructuring tables; revising or reorienting illustrations; and improving overall document quality and tone.
Consultations are available on an as-needed basis throughout the writing process. These one-on-one conversations are focused specifically on the writer's current needs in the writing process, covering everything from idea generation to urgent rewrites. The goal of consultations is to work together to overcome a specific problem or writer's block.
Tutoring is a supplement for writers young and old who need a little extra help getting through a more formal education program (e.g., a course or workshop). I guide tuttees through class/workshop assignments, clarify confusing content, and provide supplemental training and exercises as needed to ensure they reach their learning goals. Available in person, over the phone, or via Skype.
Writing coaching is for the academic or professional who needs help improving his or her writing skills (either overall or for a particular project) outside a formal education program. I develop custom lesson plans and exercises based on individuals' current ability, needs, and interests and work with them until they feel confident moving forward alone. Available in person, over the phone, or via Skype.
Group training is available for both academic and professional settings and can include any stages of the writing process (i.e., pre-writing, writing, or revising). Based on the group’s needs and learning goals, I develop custom lesson plans that include a combination of lectures, discussions, and hands-on exercises. I also frequently set aside time for one-on-one consulting during group training to help those who want to dig a little deeper into their specific writing problems.