Sarah Whitton - Author
I'm a friendly and approachable book editor, and I offer personalised and individual editorial services to my clients. I understand that some authors are happy to leave me to work on their manuscripts, while others like a more collaborative approach. I can tailor-make a service that is best suited to you.
I have been professionally trained to publishing standards, so I know exactly how to make the most of your writing. I am a Professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading and I am bound by their Code of Practice.
I offer my services to independent authors, but I also work for traditional publishers, so you can be confident that I am a trusted book editor.
Rob Doyle - Author
If you're looking for more long-term support in getting your book written, including editorial and proofreading assistance, this is the service for you. I'll be there for you through every step of the way to offer guidance in the developmental stages, I'll offer you critiques and feedback, and I'll edit it for you at the end.
If you've written your book but you're not sure whether the plot really works, or if your character arcs are as effective as they could be, or if the setting is right for your story, or if the chapters or scenes would be better in a different order, then a developmental edit is what you need. I'll provide you with a detailed report on how to make improvements to the structure of your story so that you can feel confident there are no plot holes or inconsistencies for agents or readers to pick up on.
If you're happy with the structure of your story, it's time to get a line and copyedit carried out. This looks at the technical side of your writing and focuses on clarity and consistency, elevating your writing to the next level.
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Fiction editors check your manuscript line-by-line for things like passive voice, telling rather than showing, inconsistencies in spelling and hyphenation, whether each and every word is being used as effectively as possible, they make sure your writing is as lean as possible, that your grammar is appropriate. They also check for any inconsistencies in character descriptions and timelines, and much, much more.
I can't offer a definitive answer to this as it depends on so many factors: the length of the novel, the level of work it requires, how much collaboration is needed. However, to copyedit a 75,000 word novel which is already structurally sound on average takes around 25 hours. Sometimes it doesn't take as long as this, other times it can take longer. Once I begin work on a manuscript I aim to have it back with you within four weeks. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
I will ask for half of the payment upfront by way of a deposit. The other half is payable upon completion. Once I have finished the job I will email you your completed manuscript, your editorial report and style guide, and my invoice. I accept payment by bank transfer or Paypal, details of which will be specified on the invoice. I do not accept cash or cheques.