PLEASE NOTE: I am not currently accepting new manuscript critique, editing or one-to-one mentoring clients. These services will re-open to new clients in April 2018.
I offer editing services on most genres of fiction. I specialise in commercial women’s fiction, romance, chick-lit, ‘book group’ fiction and crime, but will consider manuscripts in other genres. I normally only work on non-fiction for existing students or clients.
My normal editing process includes up to three read-throughs on a manuscript.
The first pass is to look at structural issues with the manuscript eg. significant inconsistencies in characterisation; sections where the narrative slows; or continuity errors in the timeline or plotting.
The second pass looks at changes made after the first pass, and starts to drill down into the prose on a line by line level.
The third pass (if needed) extends this line by line polishing of the text.
What I don’t offer is a proof-reading service. Proof-reading is a specialist skill – I would advise authors seeking proof-reading services to look at the SfEP directory in the first instance.
Prices for editing services vary depending on the length of the manuscript, but as a guideline, I would normally charge between £500 and £600 for structural and line edits on a 80-100,000 word manuscript. Please contact me if you would like more information about editing services.
What’s the difference between an edit and a manuscript appraisal?
There are obviously similarities, but there are key differences. A manuscript appraisal is a developmental document, intended to help you develop your novel further and also to help you develop as a writer. An edit is focused on one single issue – getting a manuscript publication-ready.
Which do you need?
I would suggest that if this is your first novel and you’ve not had any professional input so far, then a manuscript appraisal would be more appropriate.
Beyond that, think about what sort of publication you are aiming for. If you are intending to self-publish your novel then I would advise you consider paying for professional editing services. The editing process is the last step in getting your manuscript ready for publication, so think about whether you would like to share it with beta readers or revise it yourself before you pay for editorial input.
If you are intending to submit your novel to agents or traditional publishers then your agent and editor are both likely to offer editorial advice, and the cost of editing your novel should fall to your publisher. If you feel you need an outside pair of eyes on your novel, and advice on how you could develop it further, before submitting to agents or publishers, then a manuscript appraisal would be more appropriate for you.