addition to being a published author and creative writing and English professor, Andrew is an accomplished freelance editor with numerous published and self-published books, grants, scholarships, and the like to his credit.
What Andrew Edits - Rates - Testimonials - Published Titles - Hire Andrew
Andrew edits just about any sort of
writing: novels, short stories/collections, creative-nonfiction/non-fiction, poetry, children's books, cover letters, resumes,
scholarly articles, admissions essays... You name it, and Andrew's done it! p
He also composes and edits grants, proposals, and web-copy
and can assist in the production of self-published books, ebooks, websites,
podcasts, and periodicals. He can also design books/ebooks for self-publication and is available
for one-on-one writing coaching.
project, of course, is unique as each individual's needs, so the rates below are negotiable. Andrew will gladly
review a brief sample of the project in question and discuss options for a small fee. He can also provide editing samples
and client references upon request.
Light Copyediting: 5,000 words per hour at 40/hr
- Correcting faulty spelling,
grammar, and punctuation.
incorrect usage (such as can for may).
- Checking specific cross-references
(for example, "As Table 14-6 shows...").
- Ensuring consistency in spelling, hyphenation, numerals, fonts, and capitalization.
- Checking for proper sequencing (such
as alphabetical order) in lists and other displayed material.
- Recording the first references to figures, tables, and other display elements.
A light copyedit does not involve
interventions such as smoothing transitions or changing heads or text to ensure parallel structure. The editor checks content
only to detect spots where copy is missing. A light copyedit may include typemarking.
Medium Copyediting: 3,000 words per hour at 40/hr
- Performing all tasks for light copyediting.
- Changing text and headings to achieve
inappropriate figures of speech.
- Ensuring that key terms are handled consistently and that vocabulary lists and the index contain all the terms that
meet criteria specified by the publisher.
- Ensuring that previews, summaries, and end-of-chapter questions reflect content.
- Tracking the continuity of plot, setting, and character
traits, and querying the discrepancies, in fiction manuscripts.
- Enforcing consistent style and tone in a multi-author manuscript.
- Changing passive voice to active voice, if requested.
- Flagging ambiguous or incorrect statements.
- Typemarking the manuscript.
Heavy Copyediting: 1,500 words per hour at 40/hr
- Performing all tasks for medium copyediting.
- Eliminating wordiness, triteness, and
transitions and moving sentences to improve readability.
- Assigning new levels to heads to achieve logical structure.
- Suggesting—and sometimes implementing—additions and deletions,
noting them at the sentence and paragraph level.
The key differences between heavy and medium copyedits are the levels of judgment and rewriting involved. In a heavy copyedit, the editor improves the flow of text
rather than simply ensuring correct usage and grammar; may suggest recasts rather than simply flagging problems; and may enforce
a uniform level, tone, and focus as specified by the publisher or developmental editor.
Editing: 1000 words per hour at 45/hr
editing can include consultation before the writing begins. The developmental editor may help plan the organization, features,
and other aspects of the work, and prepare developmental reviews or analyses. Duties often include the following:
formats to communicate the message.
- Rewriting and restructuring the text to fit the format.
- Moving entire paragraphs and sentences to improve flow.
- Ensuring consistent structure by adding or deleting headings.
- Identifying gaps in content, and supplying
or describing the needed copy, so the author can resolve them.
- Deleting content that is outdated or that does not achieve the desired marketing focus
an effective system for handling trademarks and notes.
Developmental editing may also involve altering the content to meet the recommendations of reviewers and determining
the style and general content of the illustrations and/or diagrams.
Copyediting is a separate step after the developmental stage. The developmental editor does not ensure
the consistency or correctness of spelling and usage, routinely check cross-references, typemark manuscripts, or enforce parallelism
in running text. The developmental editor may, however, provide the copyeditor with a skeletal style sheet and a few pages
of sample copyediting that show preferred forms and usage. The developmental editor may also articulate for the copyeditor
the desired level, tone, and focus, and may suggest specific means by which the copyeditor can effect and fine-tune them.
Proofreading: .6 cents per
- Correcting faulty spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
- Marking of typeset copy word for word against a manuscript, identifies deviations
for correction, and queries editorial errors.
- Checking copy for conformity to type specifications, create a style sheet, and ensure attractive typography by checking kerning, margins, word spacing, repetitive word breaks, and the like.
What Andrew Edits - Rates - Testimonials - Published Titles - Hire Andrew
"When I hired Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum to copyedit
my novel, it was a wise decision. Not only was he meticulous about grammar, punctuation and the mechanics of writing, but
his comments displayed an insight and appreciation of the characters and my vision of the story. When I rewrote, I took all
his suggestions into account." -- Chelo Diaz-Ludden, author of The Cracked Bean, Mateo's Map, and Mandela's Reach
"Andrew helped me take my first book, Dream Warrior, from word doc to bookshelf. The time it took him to complete
a heavy developmental edit, copy-edit and proofreading of my book before its publication was impressive. His suggestions allowed
me to look at my poems and prose from a different perspective and helped me improve the overall flow and structure of my writing.
I will look back on his suggestions to positively affect my future writing endeavors. If you are looking for a great editor
with a fast turn around time, Andrew is your editor of choice." -- Tyler Croak, author of Dream Warrior
"I began working with Andrew in September 2013 on my book, Sun God Sacred Secrets: The Archaeology, Art & Science of Ancient World Religions, when I needed to replace my existing editor. Andrew is client-focused,
service-drive, and affordable. He always met our deadlines and brought a level of energy to my first book that was a great
boost to my confidence as a burgeoning writer. I found Andrew to be very quick, responsive and incisive in his editorial approach
and very enjoyable and surprisingly easy to work with, even when his commentary meant I had a lot of rewriting to do! I greatly
enjoy Andrew's entrepreneurial approach as well as his teaching skills; no doubt, his editorial advice took my book to the
next level. I have already asked Andrew if he would work with
me in the near future. Whatever happens do not skimp on the editorial process. Work with Andrew and you won´t be disappointed!" -- Carlton
Brown, author of Sun God Sacred Secrets: The Archaeology, Art & Science of Ancient World Religions
"Andrew is a GREAT Writing
Coach. His skillset ranges from nonfiction to fiction to poetry to...whatever you need! He understands mechanics as well as
popular, current styles of writing, and how to get it published. His knowledge and knowhow have matured my writing, and his
recommendations for reading and research are spot on. As an aspiring author, I want to learn as much as I can without being
told what to do. Andrew reins me in when I need it without forgetting my work is mine, not his. This push-and-pull approach
allows me to improve as a writer without losing my voice or changing my beliefs. I’ve worked with Andrew for over two
years. I know he puts as much thought into his editing and coaching as he does his own writing. I wouldn’t be the writer
I am without him." -- Kenneth Northington, student and retired military
We Deserve the
Gods We Ask For, Seth
Brady Tucker, poetry
GRATLIN: A Sci-Fi Comic Series on Artificial Intelligence, Craig McCroury, web-series
Shades of Hope, Tenny
Sun God Sacred Secrets: The Archaeology, Art, & Science of Ancient Religions, Carlton Brown, non-fiction
Mish and Tish, Marianne
Pyka, children's book
Dream Warrior, Tyler
Treading on Cobwebs, Mary
Hesitation Leads to Masturb...: A Gentlemen's Guide to Getting Laid, Jack Dalton, non-fiction ebook
Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days, anthology
Hero's Journey, Ross Frances, YA Fantasy novel
Northern Shoal, Danielle Cataldo, YA novel
Definition of Science, JR Newbrough, Ph.D. and Robert Scherrer, Ph.D,
Everything the Moon is Not, Alexander
Lumans, short fiction collection
Manuela's Bones, Joan Thomas, thriller
The Winter Plan, Ken Northington, apocalyptic novel
Rose, Keith Montesano, poetry
Brutal Wilderness, Kevin McKelvey,
or give him a call at (615) 337-4313.
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