Editing Services

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I offer Manuscript Assessment and Copyediting services for fiction and nonfiction authors. 

Manuscript Assessment

A Manuscript Assessment looks at the overall structure, content and style of your manuscript.

It can save you a lot of time and money by highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript so you can fix any problems before you engage a copyeditor.

The best time to do a manuscript assessment is after you have revised your first draft. You’ve written and self-editied your work and now you want a professional opinion on what is working/ not working and how to change the things that need to be changed.

A manuscript assessment considers the key aspects of your story: character, plot, style, pace, scene structure, point of view, dialogue, interior monologue, use of language, themes, target audience and overall consistency of the work.

I provide the assessment in the form of a detailed written report, highlighting what’s working in your book and what might need tweaking. Note that I don’t markup your manuscript, or make changes to your work. Rather I give you advice on how to fix the things that stop your manuscript from being as awesome as it can be.

Note that a Manuscript Assessment does not include copyediting or proofreading. On some occasions (for example where lots of changes are needed or the manuscript is in early development) you may need a second manuscript assessment, but I can help you work that out before you send your work for copyediting.

How much does a Manuscript Assessment cost?

I charge a flat fee for most Manuscript Assessments. All prices are in Australian Dollars.

  • For all manuscripts up to 40 000 words: $400 AUD
  • For all manuscripts 40 000 to 60 000 words: $600 AUD.
  • For all manuscripts between 60 000 and 80 000 words: $750 AUD.
  • Contact me on the form at the bottom of the page for pricing of longer manuscripts.

Copyediting

Whereas a Manuscript Assessment looks at your book in overview, copyediting looks at the details of your writing on a sentence-by-sentence basis. Your book is nearly ready but you know some of your paragraphs and sentences need polishing and your spelling might need fixed up. Maybe there are some ideas or words you’ve repeated, or you sometimes jump from one point-of-view to another. Or maybe you’ve written historical fiction and you are not sure if all the words are accurate for that time. I can help fix those things so that you can get your book ready for market.

Publishing is a competitive world and whether you want to catch an agent’s eye, or desire to make your mark on the indie world, it’s essential that your book be as polished as possible.  As an author myself, I know the importance of giving our work the best chance of success in a crowded market.

How does copyediting work and what does it cost?

I charge for copyediting on an hourly basis, offering the level of editing your manuscript needs.

Copyediting has three main levels:

  • Light copyediting which focuses on punctuation, grammar and spelling.
  • Heavy copyediting which may include rewriting of some sentences and paragraphs to make the meaning of the writing clearer.
  • Medium copyediting  is the most common type and sits somewhere between the light and heavy options. This type of copyediting may also involve deleting words and sentences to reduce word count. For example, you might want your book to meet specific genre expectations or you may want to enter your work in a competition with a word-count limit.

You send me approximately 4000 words of your manuscript – sections from near the beginning, middle and end of the book. I read your work and get an idea of the type of editing needed.

Then I do a FREE SAMPLE EDIT on the first 1000 words of your book. This not only helps me work out how long it will take to edit the manuscript, it will help you know if I’m the editor for you. It’s important that you like my style of editing and feel I’m a good fit for your book.

Once this sample edit is finished, I prepare a detailed quote for your manuscript. You can then decide if you want to work with me (I hope you do).

What do I do now?

If you’d like me to help you with either a Manuscript Assessment or a free sample edit you can contact me via this contact form.

Please note that I don’t edit horror, erotica or books with gratuitous sex and violence. 

 

Nikita waiting for me to stop editing so I can take her for a walk. She would also like to chase Amber, the cat.