As a writer myself, I understand how the editing, proofreading and publishing process can be a daunting, even a frightening process, but I assure you, we all need editors!
As an Editor, I work with authors to develop their book from first draft right through to publication. My time, energy, and expertise are yours.
I specialise in non-fiction works in a variety of subject areas, most notably health, mental wellbeing, parenting, and lifestyle.
We all do! As a writer we can invariably become too close to our work to see any errors, or glaring omissions. A good editor will pick up on more than your grammar and punctuation. They will work through your draft expertly editing it to help you perfect it. It's important that you work well with your editor as it can be a tricky process!
The first port of call when editing, a Developmental Edit provides a critical analysis of how the book works as a whole and on an individual chapter/section basis. The work is examined for troublesome writing habits on a large scale which permit fatal errors in structure. This includes examining the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript relevant to engaging the target audience with a focus on topics, thoughts, advice, while managing structure, theme, and voice. A Developmental Edit ensures balance before publishing.
The line-editing part of the process seeks to make the writing consistent, smooth, and compelling so the reader moves effortlessly through the material. It analyses the creative content, writing style, and language use at the sentence and paragraph level of the manuscript.
The purpose is not to search the manuscript for errors but to focus on how the Author uses language and words to communicate their ideas, searching for tone, writing style, atmosphere, and emotion while avoiding cliché, repetition, redundant words, and convoluted language.
The copy-editing part of the process addresses flaws on a very technical level and is designed to correct the mechanics, grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. This process will also flag ambiguous or factually incorrect statements, and ensures correct use of hyphenation, numerals, fonts, and capitalization, etc. It will highlight any discrepancies within the manuscript such as with facts or figures.
As a final review of the manuscript, this service will ensure the Work is ready for publication. Although the manuscript may have gone through developmental editing, line editing, and copy editing, errors can still get missed in these earlier review stages.
Proofreading is the last opportunity to correct any errors which may have slipped through before it is published.
With a number of editing services available, an author can choose which levels of editing they are comfortable pursuing with a Developmental Edit and proofreading being most popular. In many cases, these services are often combined for a larger scale edit before considering publishing. As such, I offer packages to suit my clients and their needs. I will happily discuss which package will suit your manuscript.
Honestly? It depends.
Every book is different meaning the editing and proofreading process for some some may be more complicated than others. In addition, some will take longer due to length or urgency. The subject matter and the level of writing is also another factor to take into consideration.
Because of this, rates can vary.
Depending on the project, I can edit your work and provide a rate in a few ways:
A rate per 1,000 words
An hourly rate
Or a flat rate per project
All of my rates are based on guidance provided by the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI Ireland) which can be found here
In order for me to provide you with pricing we need to have a chat about your project and what you need before publishing. I can then provide you with an accurate quote based exclusively on your project.
Another great question with the same answer. "Honestly? It depends."
Once again, every book is different. How long an editing process takes will depend on the subject matter, the level of writing, the structure, and the overall wordcount.
On first look of your manuscript and understanding the level of editing you are looking for, I can give you an estimate which I actively work towards. In addition, it will depend on my current workload. Due to the commitments I have, I work with a limited number of authors at one time, meaning there may be a waiting list. In general, currently, you are looking at:
Developmental Edit - average 3-4 weeks
Line-editing - average 3-4 weeks
Copy-editing - average 3-4 weeks
Proofreading - average 2 weeks
Remember, there is almost always rewriting and reworking of your draft after it has been edited.
Editing is intrinsically a subjective process of offering advice and suggestions to an author to perfect their work before publishing. I use my background and experience in editing the manuscript with advise and suggestions on how to improve it. The decision to accept or reject these suggestions is finally and solely yours.
It can also be an overwhelming experience which is why I suggest hiring an editor you know you will work well with!