This is a subjective edit that addresses clarity, engagement, delivery, and fluidity at the sentence level. A line edit takes a close look at wordy or hard-to-read sentences, unusual or overused diction, cliches, monotonous passages, and other issues specific to the execution of excellent wordsmithing.
At the end of the collaboration, you’ll receive an annotated manuscript with comments or highlights on each page (as needed).
An annotated manuscript is a markup of the literature you provide. It usually includes comments in the margins and highlighted lines and sections, which can be evaluated using the key provided.
A line edit usually takes about 2 weeks to complete, depending on the length and maturity of the manuscript.
A line edit usually follows a developmental edit. We’ll want to address all content issues before focusing on the prose at the sentence level. Once a line edit is complete, most authors move forward with a copy edit.