Editing and proofreading for authors

Authors, what can I do for you?

Simply, I can check your work for errors and make suggestions to help it make a better impression on busy agents, or to make sure it is as good as it can be if you are self-publishing.

I have helped many authors prepare their manuscript for sending out into the world. I enjoy working on all types of books, fiction and non-fiction, novels and short stories, and in many genres, including science fiction and fantasy and general fiction. I have also worked with a number of authors on autobiographical or semi-autobiographical books, helping them tell their tale in their own words.

 

I understand that getting your book edited is tough

I always bear in mind that you have worked long and hard before your work reaches me, and I try to be as gentle as possible.  Yes, I correct errors of spelling, punctuation, word choice and grammar, and follow a standard style guide (or your preferred standard) to make sure that your work is consistent and free from embarrassing mistakes. I will also offer suggestions if I think an alternative form of words would be more effective.

 

I also check basic facts and continuity. But beyond that, I take my lead from each person so that their words remain theirs and they achieve a result they can be proud of.

More details of how I can help you

But before all that… Are you ready for my services?

If you have just finished your first draft, then you may need help with plot development and consistency, structure and characterisation before you concentrate on sorting out grammar and language issues.

 

It can be helpful to leave your book for a while so that you can return to it fresh. You may find you spot errors and inconsistencies that you missed in the heat and excitement of writing. It can also help to have a few pairs of friendly eyes read your book and give you some feedback (these are known as beta-readers).

 

In particular, have another look at basic sentence construction and punctuation, and revise your work as carefully as you can before looking to embark on the next stage.

 

It doesn't have to be perfect, or anything like, but editing isn't cheap and you’ll get the best value from any editor if you take it as far as you can before sending your work to them. Otherwise you are paying for the time of a skilled professional to perform the basic mechanics of writing, when you really ought to be paying for their higher-level editorial skills and judgement.