The difference is one of focus, macro vs. micro. A big-picture look at the overall story vs. zooming in to sentence structure and word choice. Most of the developmental edits will come in the form of an editorial letter, while line edits are made in the manuscript file, either in comments or directly to the [...]
My standard turnaround time is two weeks for each editing round, from the date scheduled for payment and manuscript delivery. The turnaround time guarantee applies for jobs delivered and paid on time. In situations of late payment or late manuscript delivery, I will do my best to rearrange my schedule to accommodate the delay but [...]
I require manuscripts to be delivered in an .rtf or .doc(x) file, and I will return the edits to the author in docx format. I don't accept pdf files for editing. My formatting preferences are 12 point Times New Roman font, 1" margins, and either double spaced or 1.5 line spacing. If I'm line [...]
When line editing I catch the majority of typographical errors, so the manuscript will be polished enough to submit to agents and editors. However, if you’re planning to self-publish, I advise hiring the services of a professional copy editor and/or proofreader. I recommend Tara Mandarano’s copy editing service: http://www.taramandarano.com/.
If authors take the time to self-edit their manuscripts, they end up getting more bang for their buck when they hire an editor. Any glaring weaknesses and plot holes will naturally become the focus of an initial editing pass. If the author has already tackled those, an editor will be better able to see less obvious flaws [...]
IF I HIRE YOU FOR BOTH EDITING ROUNDS, WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T AGREE WITH ALL YOUR DEVELOPMENTAL EDITS?
I encourage authors to execute only the editorial suggestions that resonate with them and fit in with their vision for their stories. My job is to point out opportunities to develop plot and characterization and adjust pacing, but ultimately the story belongs to the author, whose artistic decisions should prevail.