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Editing for independent authors


I offer a copy-editing service for independent fiction authors. I will take your words and make them ready for ebook formatting or typesetting. I can also help make your short stories ready for submission. The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) has a helpful description of what a copy-editor does.

In my work on novels, novellas and short stories I aim to catch the majority of typos and spelling errors. I will flag anomalies and ambiguities and offer advice on how to resolve them. I keep an eye on your timeline and I will make sure your hero doesn’t suddenly acquire an extra child, or sprint on a broken leg. I will also flag up any potential legal problems.

On or before an agreed date you will receive from me a Word document with tracked changes and comments. You should go through this to take in my recommendations and make any decisions required. After this I will spend an agreed amount of time looking over any major changes, or I can offer a twenty-minute phone call if it is needed.

I recommend you commission a proofread after your book has been typeset or formatted, and this is the gold standard for editorial work. I do not provide this service, but can introduce you to one of my colleagues.

Email me with some details about your project – length, genre and any deadlines – and we can arrange a no-commitment sample edit so that I can work out timings and a price. Please note that I have no novel-length slots until March 2019.

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