- Editing – for consistency, tone, voice, plot, characterisation, etc.
- Proofreading – including reviewing spelling, punctuation, grammar, consistent font, and formatting.
Full editing is the most comprehensive form of editing where the manuscript in its entirety is reviewed; the focus is on the novel as a whole, the bigger picture and the overall structure.
A full edit includes the consistency of voice, and ensuring that the language used, the style, presentation and content are all in line with the novel’s intended purpose and readership.
This includes things like plot, character, point of view, pace, writing style, narrative, and dialogue.
How it works:
An editor goes through your manuscript and provides in-depth manuscript advice & editing. This involves structure, tone of voice, and possible plot holes/fixes.
Because a full edit is the most extensive type of editing, the editor will go through your work three times; first, to capture tone of voice, overall plotline and structure, point of view, and character consistency throughout the story.
Second, a more detailed approach to address any other issues, this is on the same level as a copy-edit.
Third, an overall last check to ensure the full edit has not left anything behind, including grammatical or syntax errors and typos.
This delivers the best edit for your manuscript.
A copy editor not only checks for grammatical errors but also focuses on the continuity and consistency of the plot, the characters, and the language used. Are all loose ends tied up? The copyeditor’s job is not just to check grammar and spelling but is also about ensuring the elements of the story are consistent and cohesive.
How it works
An editor goes through your manuscript twice to address grammatical errors, in-text formatting issues, and overall consistency and continuity.
First, the editor goes over the manuscript working on text-formatting issues (not to be confused with formatting for publication which does not address any textual formatting typos/errors), grammatical errors, and overall consistency and cohesiveness of the plot.
Second, the editor goes through the manuscript again, ensuring the alterations do not detract from the author’s tone of voice and style of writing. They also check once again for grammatical errors/typos.
When proofreading, the focus is on typographical errors. Proofreading requires a close-up look at the manuscript to spot even the smallest typographical and mechanical errors such as spelling mistakes, (missing) commas, erroneous spaces, inconsistencies in margins, and more.
Proofreading is all about enhancing the quality of your book.
How it works
A proofreader goes through your manuscript twice.
First, the proofreader focuses on grammatical errors and typos, checking (brand) names and use of titles, etc.
The second round includes an all-over check to ensure all the grammatical errors/typos have been addressed.
For academic papers, a surcharge of 10% will be applied.
In case a sample (1,000 words for a novel, 500 for a short story collection) is requested, a fee of £50 is applicable; this will subsequently be deducted from the total fee for the editing service agreed upon.
Deposits and booking fees are non-refundable.
Payment terms are 14 days. On day 15, we charge interest at 4% plus the Bank of England base rate.