Your Manuscript is Almost Complete!
When you are writing your book, whatever the style or genre, you will get too close to it. Maybe there’s an element of your story or fiction narrative that needs further explanation or it’s not quite in sync with the rest of the book. With non-fiction, the danger is that you know what you’re talking about but maybe your readers won’t.
Most people writing for the first time will give their book to their friends to read and, whether they liked it or not, they’ll probably tell you it’s great; an editor will give you an honest opinion and if there are problems, they will tell you; and, of course, you’ll be grateful.
Share your manuscript with me and we’ll agree what editing you need to make sure your manuscript is in the best possible shape.
Helping you choose the editing required for your book
All writers should hire a professional editor to go over their manuscript before they consider publishing. Even if your chosen route is self-publishing and you are not considering a submission to a literary agent or direct to a publisher, you still need an editor and I am here to help you get the best for your book.
Budgeting for this and planning for it in your publishing schedule is a vital part of becoming a successful author, especially important for budding writers. Here’s an overview of my editing services.
Often the final touch to a manuscript after more ‘heavy’ edits, this is the simplest form of editing and addresses such as spelling, punctuation, capitalization, essential syntax and facts. For fiction, a copy edit may include also catching continuity errors and for non-fiction, your basic edit might check and flag potential factual errors.
If you still have big issues in your book, I will tell you but it’s not my job to fix them with a copy edit. If I find some serious problems early on, I will probably recommend you have developmental or line edit done first and then return to the copy edit later.
Line or content or stylistic editing
Line editing is a little more detailed than copy editing. If your manuscript has plot holes, limited characterization, factual errors or ‘overwriting’ problems, line editing is probably what you need for your book. It costs more than a copy edit, but a manuscript with structural errors won’t get past a literary agent or publisher if that is the desired route for your book.
A line edit will cover such as word choice, paragraph flow, smoothing out awkward or wordy sentences, eliminating repetition, catching clichés and other style issues. During a line edit, I will also point out such as where you need to clarify what you’ve written and help you tie together the loose ends in your manuscript.
Substantive or developmental editing
This involves identifying the need to rearrange, delete, add and reword entire pages and chapters, and sometimes crosses the bridge into being more of a ghostwriting service than an edit. Should your manuscript need such attention, I will work with you to determine your need for a rewrite or an edit. Essentially, with this edit, I will identify the work you need to do and leave it at that, for ghostwriting, I will make the changes on your behalf, which is the more expensive option.
It’s important that you understand a developmental edit is different to the copy or line edit in that I won’t make changes to the book, I will only provide you with a detailed understanding of where you need to make improvements.
For a lot of first time writers, there is that moment when they finish the book and then wonder about it being good enough to publish. Do you just go ahead or do you feel the need for some independent review first? Asking friends to read your book is fine, but do they have the necessary skills to assess your manuscript in the way an independent professional would? Here’s where my assessment comes in.
I will review your manuscript to see what’s working and what you could improve, taking a view on publishing potential as it stands. As an author, you’re too close to your book to spot most problems, weaknesses and inconsistencies, but an assessment will help you address any issues that exist.
When considering your editing needs, the most important thing is to talk to me first, tell me where you are with your manuscript and what you feel needs to be done and what your budget is. Yes, I set out my core fees for different edits, but I’m always flexible. No two manuscripts are the same and my aim is always to give the best value for money. So please contact me today.