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Book Editing Australia Accredited Editor. For a professional result

Do I really need to have a professional book editor edit my manuscript?

Even great and previously published authors need to have their work professionally edited.

Editing goes beyond correcting spelling, grammar and punctuation. A professional editor will pick up common writing mistakes and inconsistencies in your writing that you don’t notice. A good editor does basic research as they’re editing. We’ll mend your sentence structure and help with your technique. We use ‘track changes’ and comments as we’re editing the manuscript, so that the changes we make and the reasons why will be transparent to you. In all our communications with you, we will be clear about what we’re doing and why.

Two Types of Professional Editing

There are two main types of editing, copy editing and structural editing.

What is Copy Editing?

Copy editing checks for technical inaccuracies in your manuscript such as spelling, punctuation, grammar, and typographical errors. A copy edit suits authors who want their manuscript to be error-free and ‘clean’, but who want minimal editorial input into the style and structure of their manuscript.

What does a copy edit include?

Our professional book editor will correct all errors such as those described above. They will also work on improving obvious errors in sentence structure, and amend any glaring errors of fact, such as the spelling of the names of well-known public figures.

What doesn’t a copy edit include?

For a copy edit, our professional book editor does not restructure or reorder your manuscript, or address any of the aspects of your writing that a structural edit provides (see Structural Editing). Our professional book editor will edit the revised draft of your manuscript, but this will be addressed as part of a project renewal.

What is Structural Editing?

At editors4you, our structural editing, also known as substantive editing, incorporates a copy edit (see above). A structural edit is a thorough and in-depth edit of your manuscript.

What does a structural edit include?

Correcting sentence structure and sentence order to improve the clarity and flow of your writing. Removing repetitive or superfluous wording. Offering comments on the style features of your writing, such as, ‘show don’t tell’. Checking for continuing reader engagement in the story. Suggesting where and how your manuscript could benefit from further development, if applicable. Addressing any inconsistencies – in plot, characterisation, narrative or dialogue (fiction), or in the soundness of your thesis (non-fiction), which interfere with the flow of your writing or distract the reader from the storytelling or the thesis of your book. We do basic internet research to ensure accuracy of facts or names, or indicate where you may need to do so. After the first edit and once you have completed your revisions, we may undertake a second edit.

What doesn’t a structural edit include?

For a structural edit, the editor will not do extensive fact checking on your manuscript, undertake comprehensive research, edit revisions made after the second edit (this can be done as a new project), or obtain copyright permissions. We do not interfere with your author’s voice – because that is what makes your writing unique.

How will I know what type of edit I need?

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Book Editing Australia Accredited Editor

Easy! Email us a sample of your writing, around 2,000 words, and we will do a sample edit for a small fee. If you decide to commission us to edit your complete manuscript, we will deduct the sample edit fee from the project invoice. We will suggest what type of edit is most relevant to your book, and give you an approximate turnaround time based on your needs and our current commitments. If you do not wish to pay for a sample edit, don’t be put off. Send us a smaller sample and we will give you an accurate, all-inclusive quotation.

How long will it take to edit my manuscript?

For books and manuscripts up to 100,000 words, our professional book editor will generally complete the manuscript edit in 20 to 30 business days. This is ‘ballpark’, and depends on current commitments. If you need urgent turnaround, please let us know when you contact us. Manuscripts exceeding 100,000 words may need more editing time. We will tell you before commencing the edit.

How much does a book edit cost?

Our quotations are tailored to your work. We do not do widget or automatic pricing. The amount depends on the total word count, how much work is involved, and whether a copy edit or a structural edit is required. In our extensive experience, we have found it fairer to estimate by doing a sample edit on several pages of your work. This is helpful to you because:

  1. you receive a sample edit on up to 2,000 words of your work
  2. you see firsthand our style of editing and decide that it is suitable for you
  3. we can better assess the service most suited to your manuscript
  4. the estimate is tailored to your individual writing.

A common complaint of publishers and professional writing groups is that many authors do not have their manuscripts up to standard before publishing. We want to make sure your book is up to standard and professionally presented, whether you opt for traditional book publishing, or a e-publishing. Stand out from the crowd! Ask editors4you.com to have a professional book editor work with you.

Large or small, whatever the size of your job, we are happy to hear from you. Please send us an enquiry now.

For unpublished writers of long works of fiction or non-fiction, we  may recommend a manuscript appraisal before editing.

Client Testimonials

Adalina Mae, Nothing is Predictable (contemporary romance/mystery)

Gail’s dedication to my project was phenomenal. She was always on time with deadlines. Her editing technique kept the essence of my style and made my story flow beautifully. The attention to detail was amazing. Her suggestions in some areas, particularly with show don’t tell, helped me improve my style of writing. I will definitely be working with her on my next project. Love your work, Gail!—You can find Adalina’s book at https://www.facebook.com/AdalinaMaeAuthor

Lynne Roberts, Viola People (contemporary women’s fiction)

My novel flows much better thanks to Gail’s meticulous attention to detail. In addition to editing, Gail also made many useful suggestions, which strengthened my novel. I’m delighted with the results! Gail is everything you could want in an editor—she’s friendly, helpful, efficient and highly professional. I’m so glad that I approached her to edit my novel. Thanks Gail!

 

Book Editing Australia Accredited Editor

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