Developmental editing identifies any aspects of your story that may need a little work - your character journey, your structure, your pacing, your plotting, your worldbuilding, and many more. It makes sure your vision is brought to life and that everything that can be done to make your story even better has been done. You only get one chance to put your book out there - a dev edit makes sure you're ready.
Line editing helps your book shine by focusing on syntax and vocabulary: in other words, how to make your sentences flow better and read better, and how to make sure your word selection is doing your story justice. It also spots any issues with style or voice.
Think of it as a manuscript deep clean - not just spotting errors but making sure your sentences shine.
The line editing package comes with proofreading included as well.
Proofreading checks for any spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes, as well as any obvious inconsistencies - one person wearing a hat one minute and bareheaded the next (to give a very random example).
No author can spot all their own errors as they've read their work too much, so this gives you the glorious peace of mind of an error-free manuscript.
The Whole Package
Proofreading, line editing and developmental editing all in one - the best value package that will help ensure your book is the best version of itself.
Why do I need an editor?
You need a developmental edit because as much as your beta readers or your friends may have helped spot your problems, dev editors have years of experience at providing solutions, and we cover every angle, giving you the same editing care that an editor at a publishing house would give you.
You need a proofread because there's nothing worse than putting a book out there and getting the old "hi, I've found some errors" email... and as much as you think you can spot all your own errors, we authors never can. Trust me, I know this from hard-fought experience!
Finally, you need a line-edit because you want your writing to shine on a sentence-by-sentence level.
How does your feedback work?
For developmental editing, I will write you a nice chunky report, going chapter by chapter over any issues I think need addressing, and giving you some overall points as well - and also pointing out all the things that work great as well! It's important to emphasise that I know how tough getting a bunch of feedback can be for an author, so I believe in positive, constructive feedback - all my clients point out how helpful and positive my comments are, and I pride myself on making you feel good, not bad, about my constructive feedback.
For line editing, I will add comments throughout your work, so you can choose which ones you think you want to apply.
For proofreading, I use the tracked changes feature on Microsoft Word, so you can see all the errors I have corrected in your work, and you still have the option of rejecting the change if you don't agree with any of them!
Why should I pick you?
I have been a freelance editor for 11 years across almost every medium - academic journals, student work, fiction and non fiction books, and corporate documents. I've worked for one of America's premier editing agencies and edited for parliaments, European think tanks and distinguished academics. These days I am a fiction book editor only, being lucky enough to focus on my true love (books!). Some of my clients include award-shortlisted authors and bestselling indie authors. The quotes on the testimonials page (see here) will hopefully give you an idea of what my clients think about me.
Hiring an editor is a lot of money... is it worth it?
My rates are very reasonable, on the lower end of editing fees. Editors do charge a lot because editing a book takes time, and, at the risk of paraphrasing a commercial, we are worth it, but I also don't believe that it should cost you thousands of pounds to edit your book.
But it's completely understandable to be nervous about handing over hundreds of pounds on a tight budget - so email me and let's get chatting and I'll happily do what I can to make the process fun not stressful.