If you’re new to fiction writing, I recommend stopping by my blog to familiarise yourself with writing and storytelling concepts before proceeding with any appraisal or editing services. It’s best to get your work as refined as possible before seeking appraisal or editing services, as these are expensive and there are likely steps you can take to improve your manuscript without professional input. There’s hundreds of great free resources online, and just as many people who would be happy to beta-read your manuscript and offer feedback to help you shape your story before moving on to the next step.
Please note that the services below are steps in the overall editing process. While some steps may need to be skipped due to budget constraints, remaining steps should not deviate from the order listed.
A manuscript appraisal is for those who want feedback on the overall strengths and weaknesses of their manuscript and suggestions for improving it. It does not involve any editing. The author is provided with a 2-5 page report addressing narrative elements such as structure, plot, character, voice, and language.
This service is offered for fiction manuscripts only and is offered for full and part manuscripts.
Structural editing is the assessment of the ‘bigger picture’ of the manuscript. The process ensures that everything in a story contributes to the central idea or purpose of the work and that it is suitable for its intended audience, medium and purpose. A structural edit involves both in-text comments and a written report providing feedback on manuscript components such as structure, language, style, narrative elements, progression, relevance and completeness.
This service is offered for fiction manuscripts only.
Copyediting involves in-text corrections to ensure correctness and accuracy of style, spelling, grammar and language, and improves readability. Copyediting may involve rewriting of sentences, but does not involve restructuring content. Copyediting is completed under the assumption that the document has gone through the structural editing stage and does not address the ‘bigger picture’ of the document.
Proofreading is the final check of the document and involves eliminating errors that have be missed or introduced by previous editing and revision stages. There will be no rewriting or restructuring during the proofreading stage, and proofreading is completed under the assumption that the document has been edited.
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