Manuscript Editing

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Make It Shine

“Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences.” – Sylvia Plath

There’s no doubt that in today’s world, we are seeing something of a renaissance in publishing. With the advent of the internet and electronic publishing, the bar for new authors has never been lower. Unfortunately, that also means competition has never been more aggressive and the need for serious revision and editing has never been higher. Many authors are tempted to skip the editing phase, and who can blame them? They’ve invested their heart and soul into their manuscript, and they’re undoubtedly concerned an editor is going to try to twist their baby into something it was never meant to be.

That’s not why we’re here. We want to help you actualize your vision. We have no desire to control it. You’re the author – you always have the final say. We know how precious your manuscript is. Our job is to help you make it shine.

Content / Substantive Editing

“Writing is refined thinking.” – Stephen King

A critical first stage, content editing involves analyzing the organization, structure, content, and style of your manuscript to ensure maximum impact and consistency. You’re the expert of your topic. Sometimes, your clarity of understanding can be a detriment. In revision, you may miss aspects of your work that seem all-too-obvious to you.

Content editing involves the mastery of English, the ability to effectively communicate ideas, and the ability to step back from the work and think critically about the manuscript. It involves asking the right questions to help guide an author to the point where the message reaches the audience in the most effective, consistent, and powerful manner possible.

At Write Stuff Resources, our cadre of writers and editors do this every day, and we can help you prepare your rough draft for the next stage.


“Do you have the patience to wait
Till your mud settles and the water is clear?”
– Lao Tzu

A good copyeditor has an eye for detail and consistency, as well as the patience to check your sources and facts to ensure everything is in order and ready for publishing. At Write Stuff Resources, we have the patience and eye for detail to ensure your manuscript is ready for print. From short articles to gigantic tomes, we are expert proof-readers and masters of prose. With our copyediting services, we’ll take your manuscript from good to great.

Line Editing / Proofreading

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” – Mark Twain

Oftentimes done in conjunction with copyediting, we also offer our services as line editors. This is the last stage, where your now-great-manuscript takes on the shine and polish that ensures spelling, grammar, and punctuation are all correct. After an author reads the manuscript dozens of times and makes numerous modifications, it is unavoidable that he will miss something. The easiest things to miss are those pesky spelling and grammatical errors. We help you catch those mistakes before your readers do.