Services: How It Works

What is it like to collaborate?

Choose from my services: book coaching, developmental editing or manuscript critiquing, line-editing and copyediting. If you are unsure which is most suitable, I shall be happy to advise you, so do get in touch.

Book coaching

With book coaching, we collaborate to get the manuscript you would like finished with-in a realistic and agreed timeframe. This collaboration will include extensive conversation online, accountability and encouragement while progressing in your writing goals. For fairness all round, my rates are based on those suggested by the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP). Get in touch to discuss further how this will work.

Developmental editing

If your manuscript has not had any kind of big picture editing involving another person or other people, developmental editing is most likely what you need.

Styles of developmental editing vary greatly because writing varies greatly. What’s right for one writer and one manuscript might not be suitable for another writer or for a different piece of writing. My developmental editing service starts with an assessment. I will read your manuscript and provide a short appraisal (which will be lighter and quicker than a manuscript critique) after this I will share my ideas for raising the story to the next level. This could be the recommendation of a full developmental edit, a manuscript critique or a line and copyedit. The initial assessment is about finding a match which will be the most suitable use of your time and give you the best value for money. This assessment is priced separately at £499 for manuscripts up to 90,000 words. (Any subsequent editing collaboration will have this amount taken off once that is agreed.) If your manuscript is longer than this, do get in touch about it.

The developmental editing process concerns macro issues of story telling. My developmental editing service is priced on a per-project basis, and a quote will be provided as part of your initial assessment report. My rates are based on those suggested by the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP).

Manuscript critique

If you would like a full critique, you will receive a longer and more in-depth editorial report, and rates are based on those suggested by the CIEP.

Line and copyediting

If you have already had a big picture edit (with someone who is not related to you – a professional, or at least an impartial reader) and you are ready to move forward with this story. Then a line and copyedit would be the most helpful.

For a line and copyediting I prepare you a free, no-obligation sample edit, and a tailored quote. Charges are in line with the CIEP suggested rates.

Terms and conditions

With all my services, I adhere to terms and conditions which are designed to benefit of everyone.

Putting down roots

We are all concerned with climate issues these days and, as well as working to lift your author’s voice and text to the next level, I shall with every book collaboration, through donation to the International Tree Foundation plant a tree.