"The entire edit was extraordinary. The editor’s report was detailed, encouraging me to think about my novel in new ways and challenging me to improve my story." -- Ramona Flighter.
Since this is a developmental edit, it means that we’ll be looking at the structure, flow and plot of your book.
In short, we will look to lift your book to the next level.
We have designed our editing to mimic the editorial feedback a writer would have traditionally received from an agent and publisher.
So what can you expect?
We’ll show you where we think you should be making changes (the exact line!) and more importantly, why. This is achieved through a combination of tracked changes, comments and the editor’s report.
Are aim is not only to show you where you can improve your book, but, more importantly, HOW you can improve your book.
We’ll explain clearly the thinking behind our changes and show you how to apply them to this book, and every book you write in the future.
We don’t have the right to judge your work beyond its technical merit. All that is of interest to us is that you are writing in a way that is expected by your readership.
We’ll ensure your book is positioned in the correct market (genre) and that its content matches your reader’s expectation. For example, the language used in a young adult novel is very different to that used in erotic fiction. In short, what is acceptable in one genre is not in another. We’ll weed out these types of problems and suggest solutions.
Line editing is simply the process of reading each and every word and then identifying potential problems. If we spot a typo we’ll correct it, if the sentence is clumsy we’ll correct it, if something is just not right, we’ll correct it. However, these will not be ‘hard’ corrections, they’ll be done using tracked changes. This means you remain in control with the power to accept or reject each individual change (or just accept all changes in one go, if that’s your thing).
If the reasons for the changes we suggest are not obvious, then we’ll use comments (little comment bubbles) to explain our thinking. The aim is to show you why we think the change is needed. As always, it is your choice. If you don’t agree, just reject the change and move on.
The aim of the editor’s report is to give you an overview to our feedback. The line edit can be pretty overwhelming. It is not uncommon for a book to have hundreds (I am not joking!) of corrections. When you first open the document, and are faced with a sea of changes, it is easy to panic.
It all starts with the editor’s report. This document will be your editor’s thoughts about your book. It will start with a broad overview of what they liked and disliked. It’ll focus you in on the key issues that will have the most impact on your book.
It will also contain details on the thinking behind the feedback and details on new techniques you can use to fix the problems.
Finally, the report will look at each chapter in turn and give you a breakdown of what we thought.
Many writers tell us the editor’s report quickly becomes a valuable tool. Before each editing session they’ll refer back to the report and get a ‘feel’ for the big picture before delving into the nitty gritty of the line edit.
Feedback from writers we’ve helped get published has identified one problem that can be a right royal pain in the back side – cover design!
So… to make your life that little bit easier, we are providing all writers with a free ebook cover.
When you submit and pay for your edit we’ll send you an email with details on how to get your design started. The whole process takes about 48 hours and you should have your cover ready before the edit is completed. In essence, you pick from one of hundreds of designs. The design is tweaked for your book and optimised for publication on Amazon. Don’t worry, once you have picked a design it will be removed from the site and be unique to you and your book.
Here’s an example of some cover designs from which you can choose for your book… Pick a cover
Let’s face it, all writers get too close to their work. It is part of the process, but also part of the problem.
How many times have you read over your writing, convinced it was ready to go, only to have a close friend spot a glaring plot hole?
Now imagine the horror of self-publishing, only to have readers pick up on your mistakes and then tell the world in an Amazon review (I feel the pain just writing the sentence).
We CAN help you to avoid this pain.
Let me keep it simple…
In our structural edit we will check over your book and pinpoint those huge plot holes that, if left unattended, would trip up unwary readers. We will also check the book flows correctly, assess the book’s readability and look at numerous technical issues, such as dialogue.
The single most important aspect of our constructive professional book editing service is that we look at each word of your book, AND then provide the clear and actionable guidance you need to fix your book.
I can’t emphasize this enough.
We want to make sure that you learn all the skills you need to not make the same mistakes twice. We want you to be a better writer. Why? Because we face a golden age for writers. Never before in publishing history have writers had the opportunity to so easily put their books in front of the eyes of readers (no more waiting to be picked by publishers). The result is that for the first time in human history ideas are free to flow. If we can edit just one book that helps change the way a reader looks at the world, then we’ve played our small part in the process.
Perhaps the best way to describe this process is through the single word we hear the most often from writers we have edited… ‘insightful’.
Our prices for professional book editing are all inclusive, with no hidden extras. They include the editor’s report, in-depth edit and cover design (well we don’t charge you for this), plus all support emails, phone calls etc.
Since we provide our service to any writer, no matter where they are based in the world, we bill in four separate currencies.
US Dollars: 17 per 1000 words.
GB Pounds: 10 per 1000 words.
Euros: 12 per 1000 words.
Australian Dollars: 19 per 1000 words.
Here's some examples as a guide...
We aim to return your edited manuscript within 28 working days.
However, it all depends on your editor. We pick the best editor for each job and their workload will dictate the turnaround time. What we will do is provide you with a target delivery date.
95% of books are returned on, or before, the deadline.
“I wish to say thank you for all the help and for editing my work. I found your edit very useful and insightful. First, you were able to highlight the structural issues in my work and enabled me refocus it. Second, you identified problems in narrative flow, helping me tighten the work. And third, you pointed out where the work was stronger and equally where it was weaker, serving to strengthen my grip on the entire narrative. Thanks for contributing to making this a success. I feel, through your input, I have been able to link all the chapters into one coherent whole." -- Paul Oluikpe.
Will an edit correct ALL spelling and grammar mistakes?
No! What we will do is remove all the mistakes that we find, but this is not a proofread. In fact, proofreaders are not the same as editors, since it is a very different skill set. In addition, our edit will trigger you to rewrite sections of your book. Even if we did remove all errors it is inevitable that rewrites would add more (human nature and all that). Therefore, we always suggest that a writer carries out a proofread AFTER the edit and rewrites.
Once I have had the book edited will the editor look at the changes?
It depends. We don’t carry out second edits. The reason for this is that we will say everything we can to add value to your book in the first edit. Even with significant rewrites it is probably just not worth you paying for an additional edit from the same editor. This said, we are happy to talk to you and even give general feedback on significant alterations. We see this as a long term partnership.
Do you accept all genres?
No. We accept most fiction genres and all major non-fiction genres. We DON’T accept: Poetry, short stories, cook books or highly technical non-fiction.
Do you accept all writers?
No. We accept about 90% of the manuscripts that are submitted. If we feel your work is not yet at a stage where our editing will provide the maximum value we will return the manuscript to you. This most commonly occurs when English is not the writer’s first language.
Is there a minimum word count?
Yes! We don’t accept books that are less than 15,000 words. The reason is simple. Our secret power is editing long form manuscripts. In other words, novels and long non-fiction books. If your book is shorter that 15,000 words, we are probably not the best match.
Do you keep the copyright?
NO! We are simply a service. You pay us, we make your book better. At no point do we take ANY rights. ALL rights remain yours at all times.
You are based in the UK, will you edit books from American writers?
Absolutely. In fact, 75% of our writers are based outside the UK. Editing is editing, the type of English used is not an issue at this early stage.
If I plan to write/submit more than one book will I get the same editor?