Editing

Editing

You’ve invested time and effort into your novel – let us fine tune it for you

We’ll take your work and polish it until it shines

Correct grammar, spelling and punctuation will go a long way towards making your book look professionally produced. If you think this is sales hype – just read some of the bad reviews on Amazon (for example) and you’ll see a common thread with readers complaining about books which were full of:

  • Spelling mistakes
  • Incorrect grammar
  • Broken sentences
  • Poor punctuation (bad usage of speech marks, apostrophes and commas which make reading difficult)

Other pet-hates of readers centre around:

  • Dizzying changes of person, location or perspective
  • Weak characterisation
  • Confusing plotlines

Rates from $6.40 per 1,000 words

We’ll take your book and manually go through it sentence by sentence until it’s perfect (in respect of the level of service purchased). We don’t rely on machines, spell-checkers or any other automated process – our checking is done the old-fashioned way and it shows in the high standard of our output. We take pride in what we put our name to and your book means every bit as much to us as it does to you.

Don’t let your readers do your editing for you – too many authors follow that path and they end up carrying the 1-star reviews to prove it. No-one wants to read books where others have given up because it was impossible to follow, confused, full of errors etc.

Remember, good editing takes time to do properly. Our attention to detail is a key part of making you look the professional writer that you are.


Editing Services

There are three different services which we offer and you can always upgrade from one to the other.

Description Bronze Silver Gold

Technical

Spelling
Grammar
Punctuation
Speech marks & quotations
Standardization – abbreviations & capitalization
Word usage

Story

Plot – any obvious plot-holes, plausibility
Changes of voice
Dialogue
Characterization

Finishing

Consultation – 2 phone calls to author
Alterations & extra edits – 2 allowed

Fees

Up to 5,000 words $48 $67 $172
5,001 to 10,000 words $80 $112 $287
10,001 to 20,000 words $128 $179 $459
20,001 to 30,000 words $192 $269 $688
30,001 to 40,000 words $256 $358 $918
40,001 to 50,000 words $320 $448 $1,147
50,001 to 60,000 words $384 $538 $1,376
60,001 to 70,000 words $448 $627 $1,606
70,001 to 80,000 words $512 $717 $1,835
80,001 to 90,000 words $576 $806 $2,064
90,001 to 100,000 words $640 $896 $2,294
Over 100,000 words – Ask – – Ask – – Ask –

E & OE

Definitions

Spelling

Correction for US or UK English as specified by author. No corrections for proper nouns unless in common usage.

Grammar

Correction of tenses and word order.

Punctuation

Correction of commas, semi-colons, colons, paragraph breaks etc

Speech marks and quotations

Correction and standardisation of speech punctuation.

Standardization

Adjustment of abbreviations and acronyms such that they are similarly presented. For example a.m., e.g., OK, Lt. etc.

Word usage

Correction of improperly used words, synonyms to resolve issues of repetition.

Plot

Report on weaknesses in plot plus suggestions for sub-plots.

Changes of voice

Correction of confusing voice issues, changes in perspective etc.

Dialogue

Correction of corny or implausible dialogue for added realism.

Characterization

Improvements to characters, correction of inconsistencies in behaviour

Consultation

We’ll make 2 phone calls to you to discuss your book as seen through the eyes of a publisher. You’ll get some down-to-earth advice and plenty of ideas for both developing the book you’ve written and extending it to further books where possible.

Alterations and extra edits

You can make up to two detailed further edits of your book and we’ll make your changes. We’ll be with you and will help you fine tune it ready for that all important launch day.

Full tracking of our editing is available as standard.

* Our no quibble guarantee *

As we’ve said, if you’re not happy with the sample chapter/section, we’ll either adjust it or refund you in full. The only condition is that you promise not to use anything we’ve supplied you with. If we make a mistake, you can point this out to us at any time and we’ll correct it without arguing. What we will say is that we’re very experienced ghostwriters and are well used to debriefing clients and turning their ideas into words.

Bronze Silver Gold