Manuscript Editing & Proofreading

Manuscript Editing

Book Editing

General Info

BCB - Editing 01I am an author and a perfectionist so I, most of all, know who easy it is to overlook an obvious mistake. Did you spot the noticeable typo in they previous sentence? Or in the last sentence seven? Yes, they are glaringly obvious to a reader and an editor, but not always to the original author without editing. A good manuscript edit can make the world of difference in publishing.

As authors, we tell a story, but after it is told, we actually stop reading what we have written, even when editing. We simply gaze over the words, as we already know what they say. It takes a detached reader and editor to spot the errors you no longer see for yourself.

What I do

BCB-Icon-EditI will look for ways to improve your writing by analysing and editing your storyline and looking for inconsistencies or errors.

BCB - Editing 02I check the grammar and look for spelling errors. In addition, I will make additional suggestions on how to improve sentences or even sections through style, punctuation, correct tenses, and so forth.

What I do not do

BCB-Icon-Book-OpenPlease understand that I cannot ghost write your book at the price of editing the manuscript. At this stage, your book will not be perfect (which is why I am editing it), but it must be your own final draft.

These conditions are to avoid being burdened with incomplete scraps of a manuscript, and then being expected to make it palatable. I personally offer a discrete ghost writing service, but that is a different service altogether.

My Fees

The edit fee is calculated as follows:

A minimum fee of $50 is applicable for editing any sized manuscript. To work out the total cost, simply multiply the total word count of your manuscript by $0.015.

For example, editing for a manuscript containing 10 000 words will cost $150 (10 000 x 0.015 = 150).

If required, a sample edit of around a 1000 words can be prearranged. This puts the author’s mind at ease before committing to the full editorial fee.

Terms & Conditions

  • Please note that I specialise in British English. If your manuscript is in American English, please discuss it with me first.
  • Your manuscript must be submitted in a word document or compatible format. In order to be able to do a proper edit, I will need to enable ‘track changes’ so that you can get your book back with the corrections
  • I reserve the right to turn down any manuscript after consultation. Manuscripts that require heavy editing may incur an extra charge after examination.
  • The author must decide how rigorously the work is to be edited. Is a strict, by-the-book edit required, or a looser, more relaxed edit? For example, any sentence, paragraph, or chapter beginning with ‘and’ is corrected. If applying creative licence, please state this in the initial brief. This avoids editing unnecessary work and for the author to accept or reject the numerous changes.

Manuscript Proofreading

Book Proofreading

General Info

BCB - ProofreadingIt is important to differentiate between Editing and Proofreading. Some people are using the terms interchangeably, but they are not the same service. Proofreading is the final step in preparing your book for publication.

Proofreading is the last chance to check for missing punctuation, typos, and plot errors. One can say that this is the editor’s job, and it is, but a proofreader will catch any remaining errors caused by last minute changes, or simply those that went unnoticed by mere mortals.

What I do

BCB-Icon-EditI will look for any missing punctuation, spelling errors, or inconsistencies in the storyline. In addition, I will keep a look out for any homonyms, incorrectly used words, or any names are used incorrectly as per the rest of the manuscript.

What I do not do

BCB-Icon-Book-OpenI will not make suggestions on how to improve sentences or even entire sections through style, punctuation, and so forth while Proofreading; this is an editor’s job. Please ensure that your manuscript has been to an editor.

My Fees

The Proofreading fee is calculated as follows:

A minimum fee of $20 is applicable to any sized manuscript. To work out the total cost, simply multiply the total word count of your manuscript by $0.0075. After rounding up, the larger amount (either the minimum fee or the amount calculates with the per word count) will be the final cost for Proofreading.

For example, Proofreading for a manuscript containing 10 000 words would cost $75 (10 000 x 0.0075 = 75)

A sample edit of around a 1000 words can be prearranged. This puts the author’s mind at ease before committing to the full proofreading fee.

Terms & Conditions

  • Please note that I specialise in British English. If your manuscript is in American English, please discuss it with me first.
  • Your manuscript must be submitted in a word document or compatible format. In order to be able to make the necessary changes, I will need to enable ‘track changes’ so that you can get your book back with the corrections.
  • I reserve the right to turn down any manuscript after consultation. Manuscripts that require heavy editing may incur an extra charge after examination, or be charged at a full editing rate.