Contact Jennifer Caven, Maine EditorAn editor is a vital partner of the serious writer, objectively overseeing an author's work during the various stages of its development.

Mainly Words offers thorough editorial attention to your novel, memoir, grant application, or any other piece of writing you plan to submit for publication or professional review.

Most publishers recommend that writers employ the services of a professional editor before submitting a manuscript. With meticulous attention to structure, narrative flow, and detail, our experienced eyes will catch the things that you, the author, are too close to your work to see. We aim to ensure that your writing is polished, grammatically correct, and error free.

Developmental Editing addresses matters of content and, in the case of fiction, characters and plot. It is widely recommended as the first edit for a book. The result is a critical review of your work which will point out its strengths, weaknesses, and inconsistencies.

Contact Jennifer Caven, Maine EditorCopyediting addresses matters of style. In addition to standard proofreading checks, this service includes additional edits and suggestions to improve clarity, consistency, and readability. The following are among the errors caught by copyediting:

  • Poor sentence structure
  • Passive voice
  • Run-on sentences
  • Awkward phrasing
  • Misplaced modifiers

Proofreading addresses matters of accuracy. Your manuscript will be thoroughly checked to correct the following types of errors:

  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Repeated Words
  • Words out of context
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation