Fiction Editing Services

Proofreading

You're happy with your overall story, it's been edited at the sentence level, and you've gone over and over the manuscript until your head hurts. Now you want to make sure there are as few errors as possible before releasing your work into the big wide world. 

Proofreading is the last stage in the editing process. The final check for spelling, punctuation and grammar issues, as well as any other glaring problems that may have slipped through the net.

Checking for:
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar errors
  • Consistency in spellings, style, language and story
  • Repetition in language and overuse of words
  • Consistency in formatting and design
  • Ambiguity

Copyediting

You're happy with the overall story. You have faith in your character development, you've got to grips with your plot and subplots, and you're generally confident that you've got a great story under your belt. 

Now you want it to be a delight to read. You want to trim the fat, remove clunky sentences and weak phrasing, and get readers to want to keep turning the page.

Copyediting is there to clean up and iron out your writing so that it flows well, making sure your readers are fully immersed in your story.

Checking for:
  • Pace and flow - clunky sentences and repetition
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar errors
  • Dialogue authenticity, punctuation and tagging
  • Consistency in character, plot points and setting
  • Consistency in styling, format and capitalisation

Manuscript Critique

You've finally finished your manuscript. Perhaps you've even had a few family members and friends have a look at it and they tell you it's good. Now you feel like you need a more critical eye to give you some thorough and honest feedback on the story as a whole.

With this service you will receive extensive comments and suggestions regarding your manuscript on how to resolve problems with the foundation of your story. 

This will involve in-depth commentary on structure, characters, plot, pacing, narrative and POV. A manuscript critique will not focus immediately on the small details that are involved in copyediting and proofreading, but instead the larger picture.

Reviewing:
  • Structure
  • Plot and plot holes
  • Pacing
  • Character development
  • Point of view and narrative
  • Dialogue

Pre-Submission Copyedit and Critique of 10,000 Words

If you're not quite sure your story is ready for the submissions or querying process just yet but can't afford to shell out a lot of money for a full critique or copyedit, this is likely the service for you.

With this service you will receive a hybrid copyedit and critique of the first 10,000 words of your manuscript, allowing you to get the beginning of your story in the best shape possible before you submit, increasing your chances of grabbing a publisher's or agent's attention.

This includes:
  • Everything in the copyediting service
  • In-document comments on POV, pacing, character, dialogue and plot

Pricing

If you are unsure of what form of editing you need, send me an email at info[@]aplaceofintent.co.uk or fill out the contact form below with an excerpt of your work, along with a word count and a summary of your work as a whole and I'll get back to you with a recommendation on the type of editing I think is required.

My current prices for fiction manuscripts are as follows (these prices will vary for other projects such as non-fiction manuscripts, academic proofreading and web copy/articles):

Proofreading: 7.50 GBP per 1000 words
Copyediting: 9.00 GBP per 1000 words 
Manuscript critique: 5.00 GBP per 1000 words
Pre-submission Copyedit and Critique of 10,000 words: 200.00 GBP

Manuscripts over 40,000 words submitted for proofreading or copyediting are subject to a discount depending on word count and initial quality of writing.

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