Copyediting is a check for accuracy and consistency in both content and writing. It makes sure your writing is accurate, fit-for-purpose, and free from error. It also alerts the writer to any potential legal problems, as well as analysing the structure for publication. This last part can only be done if the writer lets me know where they are publishing, or passes me a copy of the formatting requirements.
Line Editing is a line-by-line edit that works with sentence variation and flow, tense consistency, word choice, and overall style. It works with the writer's original style and helps push it in the right direction, develop weaker areas, and make sure your style is used to your best advantage.
Proofreading is a technique that marks out any errors so the writer can see them. Occasionally, it may suggest ways of changing a mistake if the error is substantial enough to do so. This is part of the final stage in any editing process and is used to polish a manuscript prior to publishing. A manuscript should have undergone copyediting, line editing, development editing, and typesetting prior to this. It should arrive to the editor in a state ready to be published, including layout, design, images, and fully edited.
Structural Editing focuses on making sure the structure of your overall manuscript is easy to follow for the reader, including: paragraph, chapter, and sentence structure, as well assisting with the layout. This does not include any story structure, as this is covered below in Development Editing, nor does it include any high-level typesetting.
Quality Checking involves spot checks of your work prior to publication. It is the final stage of editing, coming just after proofreading. I will take 10 random points, more if your manuscript is of substantial size, and check for accuracy and consistency. If it fails, another round of proofreading will ensue. If it passes, the manuscript is ready for publication.
Development Editing (also known as content editing) focuses on story development, as it helps to build your work into publishable story quality. This focuses on everything from character development to dialogue development, and settings and place. This is given as comments throughout the manuscript and as a report that helps improve your writing and storytelling skills. It will give you reading material suggestions that will develop your weaker areas, as well as give many possible solutions to problems I may have noticed in the manuscript itself.
Manuscript Evaluations are a vital part of the publishing process. Whether you're looking to self-publish or go the traditional route, an evaluation can help you tailor your book to the current market. It's purpose is to point out weak spots in the story and assess them for commercial value. This requires extensive knowledge of the genre and it's current standing in the literary world, and it's for this reason that I only work on manuscripts in the following genres for this type of service: Romance, Young Adult, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Children's Literature, Horror, New Adult Literature, and Poetry.
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Are you a poet? Great, so am I, and I would love to read yours. This editorial service aims to develop your poetry into a professional and stylistic piece. The editing service for this will focus on the use of punctuation as reading guidelines, as well as ensuring your poem is stylistic and unique. A report will be given, detailing everything that went well and everything that could be improved upon, including suggestions for larger changes and links to reading material to improve your creative writing. All in-text suggestions will be made to the poem itself. This service is available for poetry pieces 5,000 words and under. This service costs £50 per poem, but for poetry collections, please get in touch using the pricing quote form here.
For just £200 per book, I will help you plan, outline, develop, and structure your project. This will include 5x2-hour Skype sessions, two rounds of editing your planning material, plus, I will help you create any material I think you are missing. This also includes a free manuscript evaluation after it's been written. This will help you flesh out an idea and help you build your work for maximum sales impact.
Short Story Editing
This service includes a deep edit, as well as a three to five page report, and detailed comments throughout. With an emphasis on shorter story development methods, this package is tailored to your short-story needs. Whether you want a professional proofread before submitting to a contest, or are publishing to a magazine, I will be happy to help. This package is available for short stories 10,000 words and under. The price for this service is £100 per story, but for collections, please get in touch using the pricing quote form here.