Services

Wells Editing offers a wide range of services to meet your needs—

  • Literary editing
  • Story development
  • Screenplay consulting
  • Book design
  • Archival services

LITERARY EDITING: THE RIGHT LEVEL FOR YOU

WELLS EDITING offers three levels of editing: developmental, line, and copy. Which one is right for you?

Developmental editing is a comprehensive process of evaluating a project for its strengths and weaknesses in all areas of the writing—story, narrative design, characters, language, dialogue, setting, and more—and recommending ways for the author to revise. The developmental edit includes one or more rounds of written notes and ongoing support by phone or email.

I enjoy working on a wide range of projects. If yours isn’t listed here, just ask.

  • Novels and short stories
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Memoir and biography
  • Personal essays
  • General nonfiction—travel, nature, music, food, family, architecture, history, art, film, photography, popular science, tech, and more
  • Feature-length screenplays and short scripts

See my letter to Ann Patchett—a student exercise—as an example of a developmental note to a highly skilled author.

Line editing will strengthen the readability and impact of any project where a full-blown developmental edit isn’t necessary. Line editing focuses on the paragraph and sentence levels to improve the rhythm and flow of the words, weed out passive construction, and tighten or expand the work to its ideal length. 

Copyediting engages the editor’s eye for detail to polish the mechanics, punctuation, word choice, and presentation of the piece while maintaining the author’s unique voice. The backbone of this work is The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition.

STORY DEVELOPMENT

Sometimes a fiction writer senses that the story isn’t working on some fundamental level. With story development, we explore the foundations of storytelling—character journeys, archetypes, classic and alternative structures, linear and nonlinear timelines, and more—to see where your story can grow.

SCREENPLAY CONSULTING

Screenwriting can teach you more about structure, story, format, and character development than many writing classes. As a screenplay consultant, I offer guidance on story, characters, structure, format, and other key principles of cinematic writing.

OTHER SERVICES

BOOK DESIGN

While editing is my primary focus, I’m very happy to offer book design services. Your book will stand apart inside and out. I treat every book as a unique project and create a custom cover and interior design using Adobe® Illustrator, InDesign, and other design applications. 

Currently this service available only to my editorial clients. If I’ve edited your text, I’ve lived with it for some time. I know it well. I know it’s in good shape, virtually error-free, and ready to import successfully into a design application. Having an intimate knowledge of your text also allows me to focus my design choices on its meaning, not on copycat trends in the marketplace.

ARCHIVAL TRANSCRIPTION

At some point in your writing life, you may decide to collect your stories and essays into digital files that can be passed along to your heirs or others. Unfortunately, you wrote them on a mishmash of old word-processing applications. Some are products of the Typewriter Age. Your “hard copies” range from clean, double-spaced, triple-punched sheets to the precious remnants of a column printed in the local paper twenty years ago.

What to do?

Wells Editing can transcribe your original written work into digital archives in a stable, long-lasting format. The project may involve different levels of handling, depending on the starting point for each piece, from directly importing recently composed files to carefully keying in new files from your paper copy. The final package will be organized according to a file structure that makes sense to you. We’ll also discuss your options for secure storage.

NEED A POETRY EDITOR?

I can recommend one! I’m happy to refer you to an editor with poetic expertise. Please contact me for more info.