to being a published author and Creative Writing and English Professor, Andrew is an accomplished freelance editor with
numerous published and self-published books of literary fiction, genre fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and non-fiction
to his name.
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What Andrew Edits
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, 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.
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Each project is unique, so the rates and definitions below are flexible. Andrew will gladly
review a brief sample of the project at hand 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.
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.
- Enforcing consistent style and tone.
- 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 headings 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 the
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.
- 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 effect.
- Developing an effective system for
handling trademarks and notes.
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
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
Journey, Ross Frances, YA Fantasy novel
The Northern Shoal, Danielle
Cataldo, YA novel
A Definition of Science, JR Newbrough,
Ph.D. and Robert Scherrer, Ph.D, handbook
Everything the Moon is Not, Alexander
Lumans, short fiction collection
Manuela's Bones, Joan Thomas,
The Winter Plan, Ken Northington, apocalyptic novel
Smoke Rose, Keith Montesano, poetry
Brutal Wilderness, Kevin McKelvey, poetry
or give him a call at (615) 337-4313.