Book editing services

differences and benefits explained

Developmental editing

Imagine having a writing coach – someone who is available to answer questions and give you practical advice every step of the way.

Whether you’ve written a handful of chapters or you’ve just come up with a basic idea, editorial development can help to make your book meet – or exceed – your expectations.

It works best if you’re new to writing a book, or if you’re the kind of person who thrives on collaboration and continual feedback.

At the outset, I can help you organise your book’s overall structure in terms of sections and chapters. As it takes shape, I’ll help you refine the openings of each chapter and suggest ways to hold onto readers’ attention.

Editorial development also involves looking at bestsellers on a similar theme to work out how yours can be different, or perhaps even better.

All of which makes editorial development the longest of all editing tasks. But it needn’t be the most expensive.

It’s up to you how much involvement you want me to have, whether that’s one report every three months or a video call once a fortnight.

My fees for editorial development are bespoke, based on the amount of reports and meetings you require and the length of your book.

What you get:

  • Regular short reports on your drafts
  • Video meetings via Zoom
  • Email support if required.

I offer editorial development through Reedsy.com – click here to get started.

Copy editing

You need copy editing once you’ve finished your first draft.

A copy edit involves the editor going through the draft and improving it. That could mean adding or rewriting sentences to improve readability and clarity, deleting redundant material and reordering paragraphs.

Every author is different, so copy editing can change manuscripts substantially – or hardly at all.

I believe in making as few substantial changes as possible to improve your book. I believe readers want to “hear” an author’s own voice, through their words, rather than mine.

If I think big changes are required, I will inform you first so you know what to expect. If you wish me to stick to the finer polishing, I am happy to do so.

Copy editing also involves checking spelling and grammar, correcting typos and enforcing consistency with a “style guide” of your choosing.

What you get:

  • A new version of your draft that’s ready for proofreading
  • Word file with amendments shown in “Track Changes”
  • Manuscript consistent with your chosen style guide.

I offer copy editing through Reedsy.com – click here to get started.

Proofreading

Whether your book has 80,000 words or 40,000, that’s an awful lot of words! So it’s inevitable that there will be mistakes. From misspelt words and names to missing punctuation and absent words, every typo reduces the credibility of your book in your reader’s mind.

Sometimes it’s not things that are missing that’s the problem but extra marks that shouldn’t be there – duplicate spaces, full stops and even full words such as “the” or “a” .

Fortunately, I’m used to spotting these things. During my career as a magazine editor, I sent over 150 separates issues to press, proofreading each one from cover to cover.

Even if you don’t have any other editing work done on your manuscript, having a fresh pair of eyes perform a thorough proofread is essential. It helps pick up all the little slips and mistakes that creep in during writing and editing.

What you get:

  • A final version of your manuscript ready for you to make the changes you agree with.
  • Tracked changes in Word or PDF file with markup (your preference).

I offer proofreading through Reedsy.com – click here to get started.

You can hire me for one or more of these editing services through Reedsy. For Editorial assessment, click here.

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