Practiced | in the art | of Wordplay
Words speak to me. I encounter them in draft form and they say, “Put us in
our place, every last one of us.” I have no choice but to oblige. Some words beg
to be flung out like light. “Shine on, you crazy diamonds,” I encourage, giving
them a polish. Others wish to be stripped down bare. “Cut the schmaltz and write
us simple,” they implore. So I do.
Such is the wordplay of an editor enamored with language. If you’re
anything less than loads of fun with your writing project, let’s talk.
Need trouble sorting through whatever you’ve written? I can un-mess your
Are you out of words? I will invent some for you.
Has your writing lost its luster? Allow me to newfangle your stale nuances.
Has your authentic voice gotten drowned out? I will give your true voice the
microphone so it can sing pure and clear.
I’m here to help you say what you mean and mean what you say.
An evaluation of your work is the first step. If you have a partial or
finished manuscript or other piece of writing, I’d love to help you take it to
the next level of development. Maybe now is the time to have a set of
professional eyes review your work and give you a solid critique. Bear in mind
that feedback from those who know little about the artistic process — even
well-intentioned colleagues and loved ones — can be ambiguous, personal and can
stymie your creative flow; whereas constructive comments from a seasoned editor
can spur you to new heights and beyond.
Enter, the Muse, stage right. My evaluation can be stand-alone or included as
part of the editing services listed below. Depending on your needs, we’ll put
together a plan of action for moving your manuscript forward. Even if you feel
that your writing is ship-shape, it can still benefit from a fresh perspective.
As creators, we can get too close to our material and miss things that another
trained eye would readily see.
Content | Developmental Editing
This form of high editing takes into consideration the entirety of the
project. I look at things like:
Is it suitable to market or not quite ready for prime time?
Is the narrative cohesive or inchoate?
Does it need to be expanded or shortened in places?
Is the plot sequential and logical?
Does the dialogue sound natural or stilted?
Should it include cited research or relevant sources that substantiate or
bolster your central point?
Could the work use substantive revisions or a good cleanup throughout?
Are there problem areas that require complete rewrites?
Should the material be reorganized to better present the topic or plot?
Developmental editing can also include crucial considerations such as the
work’s overall theme, marketing viability and—last but not least—the title and
Line Editing | Proofreading
This form of editing strengthens the work by applying the rules of good
composition and efficient writing. It is generally performed as a final pass to
hone a manuscript for submission or publication. When doing this type of
editing, I gleefully slip into my OCD persona and focus on the twee minutia. I
do tasks like:
Correct spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors
Eliminate redundancies and verbosity
Catch inconsistencies in plot, point of view, timeline, etc.
Tweak and vary word choice
Fine-tune rhythm and sound of the prose
Generally give the language a spit and polish
Gina’s Clients Speak:
“When I contacted Gina to edit my book draft, I had no idea how incredibly
helpful it was going to be to my entire writing education. Her advice was
invaluable. I learned so much about the structure and tone of a good story, and
that has led to tangible results. I’ve since had 10 essays published by the San
Francisco Chronicle and now have six agents interested in my manuscript. Thanks
to Gina, I’m on the path to becoming a successful writer.” — Scott Terry, San
“Gina’s editing of my novel was clear and concise, and I was
impressed by her accessibility and dependability. Gina’s sparkling personality
made everything seem like fun, not work.” — Lorine Cahill, Wisconsin
“Gina’s edits added just the right touch. She is the best I've worked with
over the years, a master at taking one’s writing from ordinary to
extraordinary.” — Sandra McDevitt, Ohio, founder, Emotional Intelligence
“Gina is an absolutely
wonderful editor. Her sharp eye and creative perspective transformed my
story from good to great. She is professional, personable, productive
and fun to work with. Holding my finished book in my hands makes me so
glad that I hired Gina to perfect my material before presenting it to
the world. I wholeheartedly recommend her excellent services.” —