Line-Editing Lessons


Scheduled 1-hour editing sessions:

  • One-on-one explorations of your work in progress designed to strengthen your writing style
  • Ongoing conversations about elements of craft as they relate to your current draft
  • Tailored recommendations for revision, development, and study
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What is Line Editing?

Line editing can be thought of as deep copyediting. Whereas copyediting aims to make a piece of writing clear, correct, and consistent, line editing goes deeper, seeking to improve the flow, rhythm, and style of the work. This is where the magic happens and your writing improves.

Our Approach to Line Editing

Our approach to line editing has changed significantly over the years. For a long time, we strove to provide a deep-cleaned deliverable that simultaneously retained the writer’s voice and strengthened their writing. We still believe that’s a worthy endeavor, and we know that it takes equal measures of instinct, empathy, experience, and diplomacy. But these days, we’d rather teach you how to do it yourself.

Our line-editing sessions create space for exploring what’s happening on the sentence level in your work. What would happen if you broke the line here, rather than there? What is this word really getting at? Is it effective to use imprecise language here? Did you mean to use variations of this verb three dozen times in your story?

Our Line-Editing Sessions

If you’d like to explore the possibilities for improving your writing at the sentence and paragraph level, this is a great way to learn. There’s no need to have a complete draft or to be anywhere near making a plan for publication. All you need is a desire to deepen your understanding of how your words are working on the page.

We’ll begin our collaboration with a conversation about your approach to writing and reading and discuss your writing goals and concerns. By the end of the call, you’ll have your first three sessions on the calendar and clear goals for your first submission.

For every session, you’ll send your editor around 5 pages, or 1,250 words. At the scheduled time, you’ll meet online in a Zoom session. (No need to be camera-ready — we just need Zoom’s screen-sharing capabilities. We’re happy to work in Google Docs instead, if you prefer.)

You and your editor will read your pages aloud and begin experimenting with revisions in real time, discussing the reasons for each change and the ramifications of each potential solution. You’ll no doubt end up talking about the difference between grammar rules and style rules at some point, and about poetic license, voice, point of view, and target readers.

At the end of each session, you’ll identify your goals for revision and make sure your next three sessions are on the calendar.

There’s never a penalty for rescheduling a session, but they can’t be transferred to other editing services.

If you’re interested in taking a deep dive into improving the sound, flow, sense, and rhythm of your writing, let’s talk.

Additional information

Number of Sessions

3 Sessions, 6 Sessions, 9 Sessions, 12 Sessions

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