San Diego and Southwest Florida Book Editor
The overall task of a good editor is to help the author achieve his/her intended goals as a writer and communicate in a clear and comprehensible way. Of primary importance is the editor’s respect for the author’s choice of style and themes.
Kinds of Editing Services Available
Different kinds of editing are available, depending upon whether or not the author has completed a manuscript:
Developmental editing: The goal of developmental editing is to help an author create a completed manuscript that fulfills his/her goals and ambitions. This process often involves working closely with the writer to help him/her clarify the focus of the work, including character, plot, and theme development, and presentation style, including structure, point of view, and tone.
Substantive Editing: This form of editing usually takes place when a manuscript has been completed. The manuscript is read and critiqued to evaluate the degree to which the author’s goals have been met. Structure, content transitions, grammar, point of view, theme development, tone, comprehensibility, and narrative flow are assessed and feedback is given to the author, along with suggestions for rewriting and/or restructuring.
Copyediting and Proofreading: These services include checking completed manuscripts for typos and errors in grammar and spelling, as well as correcting those errors.
Jed Lewis, Ph.D., is an editor, the author of Deliberate Indifference, a novel, and the publisher of a small literary press, Laughing Fire Press, that specializes in socially-relevant fiction, poetry, and plays. He is thoroughly familiar with all the steps in the publication process.
|Years of Experience|
writing coach, substantive editing, stylistic editing, structural editing, rewriting, project editing, manuscript evaluation, line editing, fiction-short, fiction-screen-play, fiction-literary, fiction-juvenile, fiction-genre, developmental editing, critique, copyediting
Recent Global Posts
Whitney Hopler wrote a new post, Well-Being with Whitney: Near-Death Experience Lessons: Part 3, on the site Whitney Hopler 11 hours, 34 minutes ago
People who have returned from near-death experiences (NDEs) know that every day of life is a gift. They died and saw how suddenly our earthly lives can end; they returned with gratitude for more time to finish […]
A common phrase used when speaking about writing, “paint a picture with words” is one of those familiar axioms that holds almost no meaning.
When told to paint a picture with words, some authors can get […]
Whitney Hopler wrote a new post, Well-Being with Whitney: Near-Death Experience Lessons: Part 2, on the site Whitney Hopler 1 week ago
After a near-death experience (NDE), people who return from the afterlife often comment on the wonderful music they heard in heaven. Music is a powerful force for well-being, they report, because musical sound […]
What a controversial topic!
While fanfiction has gained in popularity and notoriety over the years, one thing about it remains: it is still something to be ashamed of. To hide. I find this to be a very sad […]
Whitney Hopler wrote a new post, Well-Being with Whitney: Near-Death Experience Lessons: Part 1, on the site Whitney Hopler 2 weeks ago
People who have survived near-death experiences (NDEs) often make significant changes to their lives after they return from the afterlife — and many of those changes relate to strengthening their well-being. […]
Whitney Hopler wrote a new post, Well-Being with Whitney: Arianna Huffington to Speak at Mason’s Leading to Well-Being Conference, on the site Whitney Hopler 3 weeks ago
What is success, really? That’s a question iconic media leader Arianna Huffington has raised in our culture lately, provoking discussion and change among many people who are rethinking their approach to success. H […]
Fishing With My Dad
Pimento cheese and bologna
sandwiches folded in wax paper, cold fried chicken,
courtesy of my mother.
Schlitz on ice for dad, grape soda for me,
a quick stop at Pete’s for night c […]
Ashley Henyan wrote a new post, No money? No problem. There are other ways to help!, on the site Ashley Henyan 3 weeks, 2 days ago
I’ve never met Kori Nelson or Paul Leblanc in person. But, thanks to the power of the internet, I recently introduced them to each other. Now, Paul is financing Kori’s trip from Minnesota to New Hampshire, so […]
The constant target of persistent animosity, an affliction of the unique. retaliate with anonymity, pondering the demise of the evil in life. meditate often, scratching our head until blood sprints down the scalp […]