A warm welcome from ursula @ owl pro editing!
You are in the right place if you are an
independent/self-publishing author or a publishing house searching for a professional copyeditor and proofreader
of fiction and non-fiction literature!
why engage a professional editor?
You’ve put so much heart into creating your manuscript, and now you are ready for the final step towards publication. Congratulations on reaching this milestone!
You may have heard that you should have your manuscript professionally edited before releasing it to the world. But why bother and spend money when you’ve already gone over it so many times? After all, some of your family and friends with a good eye have also given you their feedback.
Precisely because you have spent so much time and effort on your manuscript, your manuscript should be in the best shape when it is published to allow for the greatest success possible.
Why a “Professional” edit?
A professional edit will provide:
- a fresh, unbiased review that is focused on the details while keeping an eye on the big picture.
- that linguistic polish that will signal to readers how serious you are about the quality of your craft, and that may help avoid poor reviews that could impact your book’s success.
Author focus vs. editor focus
While you are naturally focused on drawing in the reader and telling your story—as you should be—I aim to help you keep the reader immersed in your world so that they can experience it to the fullest extent possible—without distractions that have inevitably crept into your manuscript.
I say “inevitably” as we’re all human, and there is no such thing as “perfect” in the real world.
There is also the brain’s tendency to fill in gaps and fix errors so that the text is easier to understand. This can be tricky to avoid for many people—especially when they get caught up in a story—and requires a trained eye and great attention to detail to detect.
General Levels of Service
Depending on the level of copyediting or proofreading service you request, I can:
- promote consistency in style and story/character details
- point out or untangle confusing or incorrect phrases
- promote correct usage of words and tenses
- clean up errant spellings and pesky punctuation
- identify general formatting issues
- and much more
Protecting Your “Author Voice”
Additionally, rest assured that I realize how important it is to maintain your unique voice as much as possible, so I do my best to protect your voice throughout the editing process.
Types of Manuscripts
I specialize in copyediting and proofreading of literature in the following general categories:
On a case-by-case basis