There are various stages of editing which focus on different issues. The first stage is developmental editing which focuses on big picture issues, including: plot, characterisation, narrative style, dialogue, point of view and scene/summary balance.
I provide three developmental services.
1. Beta reading – a beta read allows you to hear about your book from a reader’s perspective. Are there any issues with readability? Are the characters likeable? Is the ending satisfying? After a full read through I write a short report and give a chapter by chapter breakdown of issues. You are welcome to provide questions about any parts of your work that cause concern. I also advise on any editing required and the next steps for your manuscript. A lot of my clients have chosen beta reads as a first step if they aren’t in a position to pay for a developmental edit, it helps identify if developmental help is essential before they can publish. Anyone who goes on to book further editing after a beta read gets a 10% discount. Prices start at just £50. Book a beta read.
2. Manuscript assessment – this assessment comes as a lengthy Word document and provides a summary of any issues or recommendations to improve your work – that you can then address or decide to opt for further editing. No changes are made to your manuscript. This is an ideal option if you are working with a tight budget and need some advice about how to proceed with your novel. This cost of the critique depends on word count, starting from as little as £150. Book a manuscript assessment.
3. Developmental edit – this is a more comprehensive service than an assessment. I use the track changes function in Word to make suggestions and point out areas where there are issues. It also includes a report of around twelve pages which highlights the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript and advises how best to proceed. Contact me to find out more about developmental editing.
If your novel has been through edits, had any big picture issues resolved and is ready for sentence level editing then copy editing is for you.
I will focus on perfecting your novel – correcting inconsistencies and spelling, punctuation or grammar errors. Allowing your reader to have a pleasant reading experience without distracting errors. Copy edits also focus on style, sentence structure and fact checking.
If your novel hasn’t had any editing, or been read to assess its readiness for publication, you may want to opt for one of my developmental services. Find out more here or send me a sample to allow me to advise you on which service would best suit you.
Cost depends on word count and the individual manuscript. Contact me to arrange a sample edit or to have a personalised quote. Packages are also available for multiple editing services.
The final stage of editing is proofreading. This is the final polish of your novel – after all the changes suggested in your earlier editing – have been implemented. This allows you to publish your work, confident that it is the best it can be.
Proofreading is also the perfect service for shorter documents, including essays, letters, articles and dissertations. Prices are affordable and a discount is always available for students. Please get in touch to get a quote.