Working on the lines and with the words
What is it?
Another word for this type of edit is a micro-edit. This edit works on the manuscript at a sentence level. It focuses in on the detail. It is all about the words.
When should I have it done?
When the big picture stuff has been dealt with: the story holds, the characters live, there are no plot holes and the point of view is, on the whole, consistent. Maybe you have had a developmental editor look at the big-picture issues and have rewritten and sorted them out. Maybe your beta-readers are telling you that your story works.
But you know that the standard expected by agents and publishers, novel and short story competitions, and literary journals is very high. Your work needs to sparkle its way to their attention. And, in the case of the self-publishing writer readying their manuscript for publication, there is the standard expected by their readers and reviewers.
This edit will look at:
punctuation, spelling, grammar
ambiguous writing, confusing sentences
how dialogue is set off
consistent capitalisation and hyphenation
repetition, cliché, weak language
the rhythm of your sentences
how well your paragraphs flow
consistency within your world
accuracy in your timeline
basic fact checking
minor point of view inconsistencies
whether your writing can be made more concise
I am an industry-certified and qualified copy-editor through the Publishing Training Centre.
I write fiction and am always studying how to make my own writing better. And I know how it feels to send my writing off for appraisal.
I am the editor of a literary journal; I know what to look for.
What genre do I work on?
I work on all genres for copy-editing.
What will it cost?
For a full manuscript of 70–85,000 words, I charge from £400. For smaller pieces – short stories or submissions to competitions or agencies – I charge £8–£15 per 1,000 words, depending on the condition of the manuscript.
Am I the editor for you?
For larger projects I offer a free sample edit of 1,000 words. You can see if my editing style suits you, and I can get an idea of how long the editing will take and how much it will cost.