Editing services for fiction
The quality of your manuscript will dictate what kind of editing you need. The best way to know for sure is to send us a sample and have a chat.
Ideally, you’ll make sure your book is structurally sound before completing a copy edit. And leave proofing until all other edits are complete.
Here’s a breakdown of the different kinds of fiction editing you might need.
It’s known by other names like substantive or structural editing, but essentially they're all ‘big picture’ editing.
It’ll look at your language and style, the narrative, plot and those lovable or villainous characters (crucial to giving your tale credibility), story structure, themes, flow and consistency.
Readers are unforgiving when it comes to the basics of good language. For fiction books, copy or line editing is paragraph or prose level editing.
The focus is on the ‘small picture’. It’ll look at keeping your reader engaged/removing inconsistencies, use of active voice, use of dialogue, grammar, spelling and syntax.
Proofreading, or ‘proofing’, is the final step before you publish. Typo’s are a rookie error in publishing and this step should never be skipped.
It corrects spelling and grammar mistakes so that it looks professional. It checks formatting for any inconsistencies or errors. And for print, it checks PDF proofs before being sent to printer.
Getting feedback early can be eye-opening
A manuscript assessment will help you understand whether you're onto a good thing, or if you need to tweak things.