I offer four book editing services: Editorial Assessment/Critique, Content/Structural Editing, Copyediting, and Proofreading.
In an editorial assessment, I perform a comprehensive, in-depth critique of all aspects of your book from a potential reader’s perspective. I provide a detailed 10-page feedback document with recommendations to improve the book. It does not include making any changes to the document, and it does not include making comments within the manuscript on individual instances. This is often the first stage in the editorial process and is ideal if you are at the first draft stage.
In the content/structural edit, I look at the bigger picture of your book. This includes structure, organisation, content, presentation, flow, length, clarity, and ideas (plus characters and plot holes in fiction). I’ll also identify gaps in content, contradictions, inconsistencies, problem areas, and readability issues. I also check that the book delivers on its promise and matches your ideal audience. I’ll send your book back full of comments with suggestions and recommendations, plus a comprehensive feedback document. Structural/content editing is usually done before copyediting.
In the copyedit, I make changes to ensure your book is well-written. This includes improving the quality of your writing and vocabulary, removing wordiness, ensuring a consistent tone throughout, and avoiding repetition. Copyediting does not include substantial re-writing. Copyediting is usually done before a final proofread or where more hands-on changes are required.
As a proofreader, I ensure there are no errors in your book so it is publishable. This includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, formatting, capitalisation, consistency, clarity, sentence structure, word order, word choice, and styles. Proofreading doesn’t include making substantial revisions or re-writing. Proofreading is the final stage of the editing process.
I offer any variation on these stages depending on your requirements—whether you need a single service at any of these stages, a two-draft process with any two of these services, or a three-draft process with all of the services. For example, if you’re confident about your writing style, you may opt for stages 1 and 3. If you’re confident doing the proofreading yourself or asking a friend, you could choose steps 1 and 2. Together, we can find the perfect combination for you.
If you’re not sure which type of editing you need, please contact me.
I also offer the following services:
• Compile an automatic table of contents.
• Edit your author bio and the book’s blurb.
• Conform to any style guide or guidelines if provided.
• Ensure consistency of tone across multiple authors.
• Edit to American or British styles/spelling.
The price of these editorial services depends on your particular word count, deadline, and requirements. Every author and every book is different, and there is no “one size fits all” approach. I understand that every author has varying budgets, so I am happy to negotiate a price that suits us both.
However, if you would like a rough guide to editorial prices, I have included a general pricing guide below based on recommendations from book expert editing site Reedsy. Please note that this is only an estimate.
To get an accurate quote, please contact me with more information about your book and your requirements.