Every writer needs an editor, no matter which stage you are at in your writing career. A good editor will help you to knock your manuscript into shape, especially when you can't see the wood for the trees.

Editing your book is an essential part of the writing and publishing process, but one that leaves many writers confused. There are many different types of editors and many names for the different stages of editing. We are here to help you navigate these often unclear waters and provide some clarity in your next steps on your journey to becoming a published author.

As one of the original literary consultancies in the market, we have been assessing manuscripts and providing editing services since 2002. Our editors really know what to look for when it comes to helping you perfect your manuscript.


STAGE ONE: Manuscript Appraisal

This stage of editing is all about story and structure. We recommend this to all authors before going ahead with editing. Recommended if self-publishing or submitting to literary agents.

Opening Chapters and Synopsis: We also offer an opening chapters' appraisal where the editor will focus on the impact of your first three chapters and synopsis. This is ideal if you are planning to submit to literary agents and want to know whether the opening chapters will have enough impact to make an agent take notice of your work.

STAGE TWO: Copy-Editing/Line Editing

Our copy-edit is a slightly different service to most out there in that it combines a copy-edit and a line edit. Many authors come to us for a copy-edit but as we go through the manuscript we find that the manuscript needs an edit that also addresses aspects of a line edit such as pacing, consistency of character and plot, voice, style and exposition. It is a line by line edit that focuses on the way you communicate your story to the reader.

Whilst this service will pick up many of the typos, punctuation and spelling errors, there are always more that slip through the net so a final proofread is highly recommended. As part of the service we now include an add-on final check once edits have been made. Recommended if self-publishing or submitting to literary agents.

STAGE THREE: Proofreading

This is the final check before self-publishing to pick up on any errors that may have slipped through during the editing process. We would highly recommend this if self-publishing - even if you have already had a copy-edit and think you have caught all of the errors. We know it can be costly, but we cannot recommend it enough. Mistakes can slip through when changes are made and are often missed in these final stages. Please check our copy-editing and line editing services as we are now offering a discounted add-on service of a round of final checks once edits have been made.

LITERARY AGENT RECOMMENDATION

If the editor has recommended that your book may be ready for submission to a literary agent, we will consider it for submission once any necessary revisions have been made. We don't charge for this service.

If you are unsure as to which service you need, please do contact us. We are more than happy to advise what would be the best next step for you and why. If we have recommended editing (either copy-editing or line editing), we can provide you with a sample of both types of edit for you to compare.

Take a look at a selection of the published books we have edited.


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