Developmental Editing

Helping you improve your story

Story Analysis Report

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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

Content Edit

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Provides targeted and actionable feedback in the document margins on content-related issues such as continuity, factual/logical errors, and perspective. read more

Copy Editing

Correcting and improving your text

Copy Edit

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Correcting grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and improving word choice. read more

Copy Edit Plus

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A more extensive copy edit combined with a final proofread by a second editor. read more

Try our proofreading challenge

Story Analysis Report

from

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

Copy Edit

from per 1000 words

Correcting grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and improving word choice. read more

Content Edit

from per 1000 words

Provides targeted and actionable feedback in the document margins on content-related issues such as continuity, factual/logical errors, and perspective. read more

Copy Edit Plus

from per 1000 words

A more extensive copy edit combined with a final proofread by a second editor. read more

Try our proofreading challenge

Publishing Assistance

  • Cover design and advice (via our partner WordSugar Designs)
  • Layout, formatting, and front matter
  • Back cover texts, synopses, and cover letters
  • Publishing to Amazon (Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace)
  • Book reviews and promotion

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Books We’ve Edited

Why Book Helpline?

  • We specialize in book editing
  • Our editors are qualified and experienced, and some are published authors themselves
  • Direct contact with your editor (on request)
  • We can support you from first draft to publication, and beyond!
  • Standard turnaround time of 21 days

Contact

If you have any questions, want to upload your manuscript, or just like to tell us about your book, we’d love to hear from you! Please fill out the form below, email info@bookhelpline.com, call (213) 325-5115, or tweet or DM us @bookhelpline.

FAQ

What is the difference between the story advice and the copy editing services?

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.

I’d like my book to be the best it can be. How can you help?

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.

Why do I need copy editing? I’ve got a grammar checker on my computer.

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.

I’m considering other editors; why should I choose Book Helpline?

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.

I can’t handle a lot of criticism; will an edit crush my ego?

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!

What do I need to get my manuscript published?

Once your manuscript is edited, you’re well on the way to publication.

If you’re self-publishing, you’ll need:

  • Formatting. We can format your book/e-book for you.
  • A cover (e.g., from our partner WordSugar Designs).
  • A description for the back of the book/sales page. We can edit your description or write one for you.
  • A publishing platform. We can publish your book/e-book to Amazon.

If you’re submitting your manuscript to publishers or agents, you’ll need:

  • The first few (edited) chapters from your manuscript.
  • A synopsis, i.e., a 1-2 page summary of the plot.
  • A cover letter.

We can edit the synopsis and cover letter for you, or write them from scratch.

Do I keep the copyright of my manuscript?

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.

What is your turnaround time?

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.

How can I send you my manuscript?

You can send us your manuscript in the following ways:

  • as an attachment to an email,
  • via the Upload File button in the contact form,
  • for large files, use WeTransfer and enter info@bookhelpline.com in the email field

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.

How can I pay you?

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.