Jaime has always loved reading; fantasy novels have always been her favorite. It wasn’t until 2005, when an author friend asked her to read and critique his book, that she became interested in reading books in a different way. She began beta reading and offering insights on her friend’s books, he writes steadily so she was not at a loss for practice.
While Jaime was beta reading, she found that she had an eye for detail. Jaime was picking up inconsistencies within the narrative’s story and spelling usages, and finding errors with grammar. Once Jaime noticed she was picking up on these new aspects, she began proofreading (more accurately a very light copyedit) for her friend to help correct these errors.
Jaime proofread for her friend for many years in an unofficial capacity. Jaime thoroughly enjoyed what she was doing and decided that she wanted to be a copyeditor. Jaime was lucky to have her friend to fall back on. He allowed her to look over some of his work that she had beta read years earlier and gained practical experience in this manner.
In 2014, Jaime decided to take the certificate program, Professional Sequence in Editing, offered by UC Berkeley Extension. Jaime also began working with Wyrding Ways Press in July of 2014.
Through UC Berkeley Extension, Jaime was introduced to Lorna Partington Walsh, founder of the Embark Editorial Agency, an agency that allows new copyeditors to gain experience by working in a pro bono capacity. The agency has helped broaden Jaime’s copyediting horizons. With them, she’s gained experience editing nonfiction, blog posts, and short stories for a literary magazine. Working closely with a team of editors has allowed her to ask questions that she wouldn’t normally be able to ask.
Jaime loves working closely with the author, it allows her to ask detailed questions that allow her to do a better job copyediting. Copyediting is always about the author and retaining their voice, so the more one-on-one time she can get with the author, the more she can understand their writing style and can help preserve their voice when making decisions about style and word choices.
Please feel free to send Jaime an e-mail at email@example.com, She’d love to answer any questions you may have. She also offers sample edits to new clients. Please send the first five pages of your manuscript and she will provide you with a sample edit of those pages (please note that if you send me more than five pages, only five of the pages will be edited; the industry standard for words per page is 250). If the pages are not formatted correctly to reflect the industry standard words per page, Jaime will format them accordingly.
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Light Copyediting: This corrects errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, usage, and style; and also flags major inaccuracies and inconsistencies within the narrative.
Medium Copyediting: This corrects errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, usage, and style; checks citations or key facts; and flags any inaccuracies and inconsistencies within the narrative; it also flags any redundancy, repetition, poor word choice, wordiness, overuse of the passive voice, poor logic or lack of clarity, incorrect idiomatic usage, and biased language.
Proofreading: This corrects minor errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, usage, and style; performs manuscript cleanup by removing any queries that have been resolved, and any tracked changes that have not been accepted by the author; and also checks for consistent formatting throughout the document. This is a final eyes pass and no major inaccuracies will be checked for correction since a proofread is usually done right before formatting and publication.
Editing Package: This is a combination of light copy editing and proofreading, or medium copy editing and proofreading, which results in 5% off final bill.
Please inquire for pricing.
I require 50 percent of the bill to be paid up front with the remainder due before I return the completed document. All payments are processed via PayPal.
- Space Opera
- Urban Fantasy
- Young and New Adult
- Blog Posts
- Short Stories
- Non fiction
Please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the contact form below. Jaime will respond to your request and (for new clients) ask for a sample of your work to see if she fits the job.