Step 1, or Manuscript Critique, answers the question, Is the story good? Does it have a beginning, middle, and end? Is the character’s journey interesting? Does the main character grow and/or change in some fashion? Are there any plot holes?
Step 2, or Line Editing, answers the question, Is the writing good? Has the author overused (or misused) any pet phrases? Is there a nice variety of sentence structures and lengths? Have the character’s eyes changed color from blue to green?
Step 3, or Copyediting, answers the questions, Are the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed? This is the last pass before you submit your manuscript to a larger audience.
I find the steps a useful way of talking about my services. You are welcome to pick and choose which services you like and choosing Step 1 does not lock you into also choosing Steps 2 and 3. Consider where you are with your manuscript and what you most need right now. If you aren’t sure, just send me an e-mail and we’ll talk.