Novelist

There are many stages to getting a book to a publishable level, and there are a number of different ‘edits’ your manuscript needs to go through. You’ll get the best results if we build a good, working relationship in which we can communicate clearly and honestly with one another—and I always strive to do that with all my clients.

I won’t lie, I won’t sugar-coat things, I will tell you the truth, but I promise that whatever feedback I give will always be constructive. If I need to say a negative, I’ll back it up with a positive, and I’ll always offer positive ways of overcoming those negatives.

Here are the services I offer:

Beta-Reading / Manuscript Feedback

If you’re looking for some feedback on your writing, your plot, your characterisation, or anything else, this is what you need. I will read your manuscript and write a two-page (minimum) report, detailing what’s good and what needs work. I will also provide in-line comments along the manuscript, if you provide me with an editable file (ideally MS Word). This is useful if:

  1. You’re not sure whether your novel is good or not.
  2. You don’t know which type of editing you require.
  3. You want some general feedback on your work, along with some detailed comments, but no actual editing/proofreading.
  4. You have questions you need a reader to answer—such as whether a certain factor was clear or not.

Prices start at £50

Developmental Editing

There are no set rules when it comes to developmental editing, but in general, it involves looking at plot, pacing, structure, characterisation, and setting. You could say it’s a more in-depth version of the manuscript feedback offered above. All books need to go through at least one round of this type of editing, and it can (but doesn’t always) involve major overhauls of your novel. The structure might change, characters might merge or be deleted completely, the setting might jump from one city to another—and these are problems that you, as a creator, simply can’t see in your baby.

Don’t panic!

Those examples are major changes that your book might not need and besides, it’s your book so you get the final say; ultimately, I’m only here to give advice. All changes will be tracking using MS Word’s ‘track changes’ feature, so you can accept or reject changes at will. Just remember: knowing where there may be plot holes, or which characters work and which are nothing but caricatures can really turn you from a novice novelist to an A+ pro.

Prices range from £250-£600, depending on the length of your novel.

Copy-Editing

This is where we get down to the details. Copy-editing involves taking your manuscript sentence-by-sentence and really giving it a good scrub. I’ll look at sentence structure, word usage, readability, flow, grammar, punctuation, and accuracy, as well as rooting out errors and typos. I’ll look at it forwards, backwards, and inside-out, and for the price you pay, I’ll go through your manuscript at least twice, giving you feedback and allowing you to review the changes between each pass.

Prices start at £0.005 per word

Proofreading

This is your absolute last stage of editing. It is, as the name suggest, a reading of the ‘proof’ or mock-up of your book. It’s done when the book has been put together, the typography is set, and the cover is chosen. It’s a last, last check for errors, typos, and misprints. In some ways, this is the most difficult form of editing because it requires a huge attention to detail and focus, yet it will involve the least amount of changes—if any at all—because they should have been picked up in a previous round of edits (although we all know that typos breed when we aren’t looking, so there’s bound to be one or two).

Prices start at £0.01 per word

A Note on Reviews:

I don’t agree with the practice of paying for reviews. That said, if you use one of the services above—and I like your book—I am willing to write an honest review for Amazon or Goodreads. If you want your book reviewed and you’re not using my services, message me. I’m not guaranteeing I’ll read and review it, but if I like the sound of it, I just might.