Editing packages for fiction

Where the sparkle happens!

I love reading a good novel, and I also enjoy editing them too! If you’ve written a novel, novella, or short story that needs a polish before publication, I can help you to make sure your work is correct and consistent.

I do my best work when I’m free to focus on sentence- and word-level concerns. That means that before you approach me to edit your novel, it’s best that you’re happy with the bigger issues of your story – that is, things like point of view, plot, pacing, and structure. . If you think you need some help with putting together your story elements, get in touch and I can point you in the direction of some really good fiction developmental editors who can help you out.

If you are happy with the overall shape of your manuscript and require polishing of the actual text, then I just might be the right editor for you!

Copy-editing

 

If you’re fairly confident in your stylistic ability, then the copy-editing package will focus on the five Cs – clarity, consistency, conciseness,  comprehension, and correctness. It involves one pass of the document and consists of:

  • Checking for and correcting mistakes in spelling and grammar
  • Correcting punctuation
  • Highlighting incorrect words and suggesting alternatives
  • Checking for formatting problems and/or putting Word document into proper format for typesetting/submission to agents
  • Ensuring consistency in spelling/hyphenation/capitalisation, etc.
  • Ensuring chapters are numbered and formatted correctly
  • A style sheet recording editorial decisions
  • Smoothing awkward sentences and ensuring your sentences flow naturally. This may take the form of limited rewriting/recasting of sentences or of comments in the margin with suggestions
  • Ensuring consistency in character traits and story timelines (no changing eye colours or children at school on Sundays!)
  • Dealing with overuse of crutch words and phrases
  • Ensuring clarity and excellent readability for your targeted audience
  • Basic fact-checking of names, places, etc.

Price starts at £11 per 1,000 words

Line-editing

 

This is for authors who want the whole package. Line-editing lets me get a bit more hands-on with the text and is almost like having a mini writing coach (I am quite small, after all).

The line-editing package includes one pass of the document and takes in all the checks in the copy-editing package and additionally consists of:

  • Suggestions for improving text on a stylistic and creative level, such as flagging areas with too much telling, where point of view is unclear, where imagery could be strengthened, etc.
  • Limited rewriting of sections to improve them stylistically, where possible; otherwise, comments in margins to suggest or flag areas where your writing could be improved
  • Careful attention paid to dialogue to ensure character interactions sound natural
  • Flagging up incorrect tone of characters in dialogue and narrative
  • Suggesting areas where the writing could make scenes more dramatic or enthralling and giving examples
  •  A short editorial report pointing out any issues I feel would benefit from being looked at more closely, including characterisation, plot, pacing, etc.
  • List of resources such as articles and books curated specifically for your needs

Price starts at £13 per 1,000 words

It’s amazing the magic a copy-edit brings to a manuscript!

Self-publishing author