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Does my book need editing?

Without a doubt! Nothing is more important than the sympathetic yet rigorous eye of a good editor. We can put you in touch with some of the finest editors in Britain, with unrivalled experience of a very wide spectrum of international publishing.

The editorial eye will decide what needs to be done about your book. Light copy editing can mean as little as adjusting the punctuation and regularising the spelling. Deep editing can take many forms. Is the pace right? In a novel, are the characters consistent? Have you got control of your tone of voice? Is the storyline clear? No matter what your genre of creative writing, these things are fundamental and changes at this level can make all the difference between what is publishable and what is not.

Ask any established author who made most difference to their book and they will say their editor. Many publishing houses today have forgotten this vital fact.

Your editor will work with you to shape your ideas into a manuscript that will appeal to publishers - even down to the detail of how your work should look on the page.

Basic Copy Editing

This is essentially a 'housekeeping' exercise on the manuscript that takes a few weeks. It will give you the confidence that your manuscript is correctly spelled and punctuated and is easy on the eye for a publisher.

  • Spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Formatting and house style consistency
  • Presentation hints and advice from editors experienced in submitting and receiving manuscripts

In-depth Editing

Deep editing addresses everything that lies beyond the simple provision of basic copy editing. At one extreme it can involve a total re-write, deep restructuring, the loss or gain of characters or themes or complete change of ending. At the other it can involve little more than changes to tone, style, vocabulary, and other light touches that bring a text into relief.  Deep editing can be anything that lies between these two extremes. Time and again it is the crucial element which shapes a manuscript into a living, engaging book. 

It is not a simple process, since it involves negotiation between author and editor, based on trust. The manuscript may pass several times between editor and author. 

The deep or structural editor will give you the sharpest, shrewdest, most rigorous and yet most sympathetic read that your book will ever receive. It is a process of crucial importance.

 At the end you will have a manuscript that is tested, polished and pruned of extraneous material: a manuscript that is the best it can be. Any worthwhile publisher into whose list it could fit will recognise it as being print-ready. For self-publishers, you will have a manuscript that will stand out from the generality of self-published product.

Give your manuscript the advantage of a racing tune in the hands of a really experienced editor which may include:

  • Rewrites
  • Deep restructuring
  • Changes to characters
  • Loss or gain of themes
  • Style, tone of voice and pace
  • Refining the narrative line