Willow Tree Words offers three different types of editing: stylistic editing (also known as line editing), copyediting, and proofreading.
These terms are often used interchangeably, but they are all different services. I am able to provide editing focussed in one particular category, or discuss a blend of editing types as required for your document.
This type of editing involves clarifying meanings, removing jargon or colloquialisms, and generally smoothing the language used. It may involve adjusting the language for reading level or type of audience or purpose.
This editing category is concerned with all things mechanical, such as correcting grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Copyediting also includes checking for internal consistency of facts and document style.
This stage of editing is the final stage of editing, to be completed right before publication. It ensures no errors have been introduced to the final formatting and checks that any inserted artwork is correctly placed.
I offer a customized quote for each project. After I take a look at the content and we agree on the type and extent of editing required, I will send you an estimate that will provide a breakdown of the cost analysis. (Generally, however, my rates hover around the low side of editorial freelance rates.)
For book manuscripts over 35,000 words, I am willing to edit approximately 1,000 words of your document for free. You will send me your entire manuscript, and then I will choose the section from your document to sample edit.
I require each client to sign a contract. This is to benefit and protect us both, as it ensures deadlines are met, payments are sent, and confidentiality is upheld.
The primary style guide I work from is the Chicago Manual of Style, but I also have experience working with the Canadian Press Stylebook and the New Oxford Manual Style. I am able to adapt to house style guides as well and use the appropriate dictionary for the region.
Areas of Expertise
I primarily edit nonfiction (books, articles, blogs, etc.). I do, however, love copyediting and proofreading suspense, thrillers, mysteries, and the like. If you’re interested in getting to know more about my experience and whether I am the right editor for your work, please contact me; I’d love to see how we could work together or if I can provide you with names of other editors who may have a different skill set better suited to your needs.