Before preparing your manuscript for publication there are a number of editing options to consider. Perhaps you are concerned there might be structural problems, plot inconsistencies or undeveloped characters. Maybe your prose could be cleaner or clearer. Or perhaps you just want to make sure that your spelling, grammar and punctuation is perfect. Take a look at the editing services I offer and contact me to discuss a quote.
Often the first stage of an edit, this is a general assessment of the whole book, looking at its structure, plot and character.
I will examine all elements of your writing from the phrasing of single sentences to the overall structure of the book. I will scrutinise the plot to identify inconsistencies and edit your writing to produce a leaner, tighter result.
I will give your manuscript a thorough edit before returning it to you to consider my amendments and suggestions. I will then edit your work once again to polish each sentence and ensure a coherent whole.
‘Much more than a spell-checker, Helen worked through the manuscript with a fine discerning literary toothcomb, highlighting not only errors, transgressions and inconsistencies, but also stylistic points where the text might read better. She did all of this with great sensitivity to the overall tone of the novel, and I consider the exercise an investment rather than an overhead.’ Michael Kentish, author of The Loss That Never Was