I offer four book editing services:
- Editorial Assessment or Critique
- Content, Developmental, or Structural Editing
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 editorial report with recommendations to improve the book and honest feedback. This type of editing does not include making any actual changes to the document. This is often the first stage in the editorial process and is ideal if you are at the first draft stage.
In a content edit, I look at the bigger picture of your book – the content. This includes structure, organisation, content, presentation, flow, length, clarity, and ideas. I’ll identify any gaps in content, contradictions, inconsistencies, problem areas, and readability issues. I also check that the book delivers on its promise, meets its aim, and matches your ideal audience (meeting their needs and speaking in the right tone). I’ll send your book back full of comments with suggestions and recommendations, plus a comprehensive editorial report. Content editing is usually done before copyediting.
In a copyedit, I make hands-on changes to the language and wording of your book to ensure that it’s 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.
In a proofread, I ensure there are no errors or typos in your book, ensuring 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.
If you’re not sure which type of editing you need, please contact me.
Where do you start?
If you’ve not had any editorial feedback yet, a good place to start is an editorial assessment, as I can let you know whether you need further editing services, and which ones.
You may just need one type of editing, or you might need two or three of these services. If you’re confident about your writing style but not sure that your content meets the reader’s needs, then you may opt for developmental editing. If you’re confident doing the proofreading yourself or asking a friend, you might just need copy editing.
In the editorial assessment, my aim is to deliver such comprehensive feedback and recommendations that if you’re confident, you’ll be able to implement the changes yourself!
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.
• Rewriting or ghostwriting.
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.