Editing Process

Jocelyn Carbonara offers more than just editing. She personally takes ownership of your manuscript to ensure that it is fully optimized to tell your story in your voice, and ultimately reach your readers. Upon contract, the typical editing process works as follows:

Phase I- This revision phase involves a “deep read” wherein Jocelyn not only edits the copy, but also makes suggestions for rearranging, adding, or eliminating content if necessary. She uses the “track changes” feature in Word so you can accept or decline her edits. She also leaves numerous “coaching” comments throughout the manuscript–highlighting areas of strength, asking for clarity on areas that need it, and making suggestions to improve the book. She can ghostwrite transitions, case studies, and more as needed/requested. This phase is known as “developmental editing.”

Phase II- Once an author has reviewed the edits made in Phase I, and approved/declined changes, as well as added copy where appropriate, Jocelyn edits the manuscript again–paying close attention to additions, and refining manuscript to fit Chicago Style or other publishing guidelines. This phase is known as “copy editing.”

Phase III- An optional proofreading phase by another party occur, per your request.