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My Professional Services

Perhaps you're a first time author who wants to brainstorm ways in which to fill a plot hole. Maybe you're a seasoned writer who wants an editor to catch rogue grammar in your manuscript. Or it could be that you're just not sure your fictional world is really coming to life as it should.

Whilst getting pen to paper is a great step in the right direction, the life cycle of your book doesn't end there. Whether you're planning to self-publish or go down the traditional publishing route and find an agent to represent you, your book will always benefit from some professional editorial support. It's a competitive market out there, and you want to make sure you've done all you can to ensure your book gets the attention it deserves.


I am happy to tailor a bespoke package based on your needs, with a discount for combining multiple services.

manuscript appraisal

You can get a manuscript appraisal at any point during the writing process. If you’ve just started writing and want to know if your story has potential, if you’re halfway through and want to make sure you’re on the right track, or if you’ve finished the manuscript and want professional advice on how to move forward.

 

A manuscript critique gives you the following:
 

  • A clear, constructive and honest opinion of your work-in-progress or completed novel

  • Assessment of the key elements and strengths/weaknesses

  • Suggestions on ways to improve the manuscript

  • An assessment of the manuscript’s market potential

Development editing

Development editing is for authors who want a professional editor to give a lot of love and attention to their manuscript. A development edit looks at the big picture, examining your novel in terms of content and structure.

 

Development editing looks at a range of things, including:
 

  • The strength of your characterisation

  • The use of narrative voice and point of view

  • Pacing and timing

  • Consistency in your fictional world

  • The structure and details of your plot

 

As part of the development edit, you will receive:

 

  • A detailed annotation of your whole manuscript using comments/tracked changes

  • An editorial report exploring in detail the strengths/weaknesses of your manuscript and ways to move forward

copy & line editing

This is the stage when you are ready to fine-tune your manuscript. You’re happy with the ‘big picture’ of the novel, but want some attention placed on the crafting of sentences and paragraphs. Some editors make a distinction between copyediting and line editing, but I believe they go hand in hand and so include them as one package.

 

Copyediting/Line editing involves:
 

  • Correcting grammar

  • Checking syntax

  • Examining flow

  • Ensuring correct terminology is being used

  • Rewriting sentences for clarity

  • Ensuring consistency

  • Tense checking

  • Point-of-view consistency

proofreading

Proofreading is the final quality check for your manuscript. Novels that come to me for proofreading should have already been through the development edit and copy/line edit processes in order for me to proofread them effectively.

 

Proofreading involves:
 

  • Correcting spelling errors

  • Checking punctuation

  • Checking grammar

  • Ensuring consistent capitalisation

  • Making sure references are consistent

Questions? Check out the FAQs or Contact tabs.

new author offer

I am currently offering a free, zero-obligation sample edit of one chapter from your manuscript. Please get in touch if you are interested!