Proofreading

Proofreading is often the final check of your work before publication or submission. 

The proofreading service includes checking for any errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar, ensuring consistency in design, typography and language, flagging up ambiguity and repetition, and highlighting any discrepancies.

With this service you will receive one full read through of your manuscript/story, after which I will send the document back to you to review any queries. I will then check over any areas of the manuscript that have needed any significant changes, to ensure no errors have been added.


Copyediting

Copyediting is a more involved editing service that usually occurs earlier on in the publication or submission process. With copyediting, you will receive a line by line edit, focusing on grammar, spelling and punctuation, consistency in language and flagging up any ambiguity.

This service will provide you with suggested changes in sentence structure and language to improve the flow and tone of your work, as well as highlighting any problems.

If you're happy with the overall arc of your story or structure of your manuscript but there are some areas that just don't feel quite right, maybe you're struggling with clunky dialogue or feel as though your descriptions are basic and repetitive, this is likely the service for you.

Manuscript Critique

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.

Comments will be made in the manuscript itself as I go along and I will also provide you with a written report outlining my thoughts and suggestions overall upon finishing the manuscript. This service is unavailable for non-fiction.

Pre-Submission Copyedit and Critique of 10,000 words

If you're not quite ready to commit to a full copyedit or critique of your manuscript, but you're wanting to get your work in the best shape it can be before submitting to publishers or agents, 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 which will include everything in the copyediting service above, while also providing you with feedback relating to the pacing, characters, plot, narrative, POV, and any elements of the story that immediately jump out. This service is unavailable for non-fiction.

 

Pricing

I typically offer a free sample edit for proofreading and copyediting of up to 500 words. If you are unsure of what form of editing you need, send me an email at info[@]aplaceofintent.co.uk 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: 6.00 GBP per 1000 words
Copyediting: 8.00 GBP per 1000 words
Manuscript critique: 4.50 GBP per 1000 words
Pre-submission Copyedit and Critique of 10,000 words: 150 GBP

I can also create a style guide for your book or series for an additional fee of 75.00 GBP. This is only available with the copyediting and proofreading service.