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Line Editing

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Line editing is a line by line editing for smoothness and clarity while maintaining your voice and style. It usually comes after a developmental edit, and before a copyedit. Not every writer need a line edit, but many choose to do this work to make sure their writing is as polished as possible.

With line editing, I help writers clarify meaning, eliminating jargon, and polishing language.

This detailed edit allows for everything to be reviewed at the sentence and paragraph level.

The purpose of a line edit is not to comb your manuscript for errors– instead, I’m focusing on how you use language to communicate your story to the reader.


  • Do your chapters convey a sense of atmosphere, emotion, and tone? 

  • Do the words you’ve chosen convey a precise meaning, or are you using broad generalizations and clichés?

  • Are their overused words or inconsistencies?

This editing takes place on the page, with Track Changes on so you can accept or reject suggestions. When needed, I will offer ideas and give you options (not fixes) to make your lines flow better in the form of comments you can implement, ignore, or resolve.

To get an idea of what it is like to hire me for this type of work, see my testimonials page.

* Empathetic Editor Note: if you'd really like to work with me but don't have a budget yet, reach out to me for a courtesy call where we can arrange for a payment plan that works for both of us.

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