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.

STAGE TWO: Line Editing

Line by line editing that focuses on the way you communicate your story to the reader. Recommended if self-publishing or submitting to literary agents.

STAGE THREE: Copyediting

An edit for errors relating to grammar, punctuation, spelling and style inconsistencies. Recommended if self-publishing.

STAGE FOUR: 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 copyedit and think you have caught all of the errors. Mistakes can slip through when changes are made and are often missed in these final stages.

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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