Feedback and suggestions on the plot lines, character development, reader engagement, and more to help you strengthen the structure and presentation of your story. read more
Correcting grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and improving word choice. read more
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Our story analysis and content edit services provide feedback and suggestions for improvement on the story – does the plot sustain the reader’s interest, are the characters believable, are there any inconsistencies in the plot, etc. This is sometimes referred to as developmental editing.
With our copy editing services, the editor will carefully review your text and correct any issues with grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word choice. If you choose the copy edit plus service, the editor will also rewrite/restructure the text where necessary to improve the flow.
It is recommended to begin with our story advice services as it is likely that you will want to prepare a revised draft on the basis of the feedback. The copy editing services are most useful once you’ve finished writing and don’t expect to make any further changes to the story.
For the best possible book, the overall story, the individual details, and the writing itself need careful attention. If readers find the story confusing, lacking credibility, or slow paced, they’re unlikely to respond positively. Likewise, text that is poorly written or contains frequent errors will leave the reader frustrated and distracted.
To make your book the best it can be, we recommend you begin with a combined story analysis and content edit (full developmental edit). The feedback and suggestions from these services will guide you in preparing a revised and improved draft. If you need advice or assistance during the revision phase, we’re here to help.
Once you (and we) are happy with the story, it’s time to focus on perfecting the text. For best results, we recommend our copy edit plus service. This service includes a round of copy editing followed by a final proofread. The copy edit will ensure that the text is fluent, clear, and free of grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors. The final proofread, which is carried out by a different editor, will correct any remaining issues ensuring that your text is ready for publishing.
A grammar checker is unlikely to catch all grammar, spelling and punctuation errors. Did you mean “tale” when you wrote “tail”? Did you leave out a word in sentence? Did you refer to Rose as “he” because you missed out the “s” by accident? Does your grammar checker know whether you mean “her kids’ supper” or “her kid’s supper”? Then there is capitalization, the use of periods, commas and semicolons, as well as the correct use of quotes, and many other issues.
To see for yourself how a copy edit could help improve your text, just send us an excerpt from your manuscript (minimum 5,000 words) and we’ll carry out a free, no obligation edit on a 1000-word sample.
We’re a small company, dedicated to helping you make your book the best it can be. Unlike some other editing bureaus, we offer services to help you improve your story as well as your text. These services are carried out in separate editing rounds, which means that you keep control, and we can provide a higher-quality result.
If you have special requirements or need a customized service, such as ghostwriting or coaching, let us know, and we’ll send you a proposal. We can also help you with subsequent steps in the publishing process, so that after we’re done, you’re done.
Anyone who brings their book project to a conclusion is already a winner. We’ll help you make it an even better book. We won’t hold back, but we’ll always keep the feedback constructive, helping you to address any shortcomings and providing concrete suggestions for improvement. We’re as keen as you to make your book a success!
Once your manuscript is edited, you’re well on the way to publication.
If you’re self-publishing, you’ll need:
If you’re submitting your manuscript to publishers or agents, you’ll need:
We can edit the synopsis and cover letter for you, or write them from scratch.
Provided the work is original, anything you write is automatically copyright protected. The copyright remains yours regardless of any changes our editors may make to your document. For more information about copyright protection, we refer you to this FAQ by the United States Copyright Office.
Our standard turnaround time for a single round of editing is three weeks. If your manuscript is longer than 100,000 words, or has complex editing requirements, we may need a little more time. We’ll notify you of this in advance. For manuscripts shorter than 30,000 words, the edit can usually be completed sooner.
If you have a tight deadline and need a faster turnaround time, we can usually accommodate this, but we may need to add a surcharge to the fee.
You can send us your manuscript in the following ways:
For the story analysis service, you can send us your manuscript either in Word or PDF format. For all other services we work with Word documents only.
Fees can be paid via PayPal using the button on our payments page. Note that you don’t need to have a PayPal account to make a payment through PayPal, debit/credit card payments are also accepted.
If you wish to pay in installments, we would be happy to carry out the edit in blocks of 20,000 words.