Born and raised in North Philadelphia, Mya K. Douglas, professionally known as Mya Kay, is an Amazon bestselling author, speaker and literary consultant. She has written and co-written several books, including, Storms of Love and Before Empire: Raising Bryshere “Yazz the Greatest” Gray.
There are four levels of editing: proofreading, copyediting, line editing and developmental editing. Quotes are determined by what kind of editing you need, which will be determined by the sample that you submit. If you aren’t sure what kind of editing you need, no worries.
Proofreading is the process of checking for grammatical errors, punctuation and fact checking. This is done after you’ve completed your manuscript and are at the final stage (right before you publish).
Copyediting is the process of checking for tone, accuracy, character development, plot holes, clarity and structure. I recommend copy editing after you’ve gone through your first draft at least once. It saves you money in the long run.
Line editing is the process of going line by line through the manuscript and making changes. Tracked changes are used via Microsoft word and the client has the option to accept or reject any changes made. Comments are placed in the margins for any changes that need explanation.
Developmental Editing is done at the beginning stages. Perhaps you have an outline or a synopsis and need to discuss how to bring your story to life. This is when you get the structure and bare bones down, so you can write your story with confidence. (Sample Edit not available for Developmental Editing)
“I worked with Mya when I was going through the editing phase of my book and I also did three coaching sessions. Together we went through three rounds of edits and with each revision, I saw my book evolve each time. Mya was responsive and provided so many services that I think would benefit any author, whether they are self-publishing or going the traditional route. Mya was always professional and a pleasure to work with. I found her feedback to be honest, thoughtful, and relevant to my genre. I would recommend and work with Mya again in the future if the opportunity ever presents itself.”