Zetta Brown provides editing services specializing in genre and literary fiction. From in-depth developmental editing to proofreading, Zetta has been editing since 1996 and has experience working with both established authors and those seeking to publish for the first time.
Professional editing does more than correct errors but helps present your manuscript in a “best condition” state, which is appreciated by agents, editors, and publishers. By having your manuscript professionally edited prior to submission, your work will stand out from the rest and will be considered favourably because it will generally require less work to make it ready for publication.
Follow her editing blog “Zetta’s Desk” (www.zettasdesk.com) and her feature blog [REALITY CHECK] at SheWrites.com
A free sample edit of up to approximately 1000 words is available. See Formatting Requirements below.
Some authors believe plot is more important than character development and they can write perfectly entertaining, plot-driven stories that sell. Many authors have achieved success this way.
However, I believe stories should be character driven. If it wasn’t for a character behaving a certain way in a certain situation, there would be no story. As your editor, I will point out places and areas where more character development is required.
For example: A man and a woman are stranded in an elevator. So what? What makes the story unique? Maybe one is a cannibal? Or maybe they discover they are siblings after having spent their lives apart in foster care. OK...so what? This is where having a fully developed character comes into play because their behaviour will help determine what happens next.
I also believe in honest, constructive criticism, not destructive criticism.
Complete manuscripts only. No works in progress (WIPs)
I currently work on a PC using Microsoft Vista. All edits are done electronically using Word and rely upon the track changes feature and by communicating via email. I cannot work with printed manuscripts, nor will I print/mail edited manuscripts.
In order for the editing process to run smoothly, I must require that clients are able to work in Word and use track changes or that they have a system/software package that is compatible to these functions.
Manuscripts should be formatted as follows (otherwise and additional charge may have to be levied in order to bring the manuscript content to an acceptable working condition.)
1. Please use double, curly quotes and curly apostrophes “ ” ‘ ’
2. Punctuation marks are to go inside the end quotes. “The Yankee Way.”
3. Chapters must start on a new page with a page break.
4. DO NOT hit “return” until a new page begins.
5. Scene breaks should be denoted with a double blank line or asterisks * with two blank lines before and after.
Page Layout Requirements
1. 1” margins all around
2. .5” paragraph indents are preferred over tabbed indents
3. Times New Roman or Georgia 12pt font
4. 1.5 or double line spacing
CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT
Any assignment or service contracted through JimandZetta.com will not be considered for publication by LL-Publications or Logical-Lust Publications. In addition, I cannot guarantee consideration, acceptance, or publication with any publisher that I may be contracted with at the time of service. Full disclosure of any potential conflicts will be made before accepting an assignment.