Editing

It is said that novels are not written, they're rewritten (Michael Crichton). A first draft of a novel is the author telling themselves the story. Progressing from that to a published piece of work involves editing and rewriting.

So, you’ve written your novel, and everyone is telling you that you need to get it edited before sending it out or self-publishing. What does “edit” mean? You look online, and you see a confusing mess of developmental edits, copy edits, line edits, structural edits, proofreading. Which do you need? Do you need all of them, potentially costing hundreds or thousands of £££ or $$$?

Here at Writer.Support, our goal is to work with authors and help them produce their best work. We’ve been critiquing novels for several years now, across many genres, and have seen just about all the ‘problems’ that authors can unwittingly introduce to their work.

So, we are excited to introduce our simple, two-level novel edits.

STORY EDIT

This is our first level edit. At this point, we’re not so much focussed on spelling and punctuation, but more on the overall story, the characters, the themes, geographical and timeline errors. We will also comment on your writing style. This should be the first port of call for new works. There is no point in having more detailed edits done if there are issues at the story level. If you’re looking to compare this to traditional editing offers, this is equivalent to developmental, structural and style edits.

A Story Edit costs £6 per 1,000 words, e.g. £420 per 70,000 word novel.

MANUSCRIPT EDIT

This is our second level edit. We presume that, at this stage, you have a story which works, characters who sing, themes that resonate. Now, we need to look at the detailed level of your writing, finding those inconsistencies, spelling, punctuation and grammar problems. Traditionally, this would be called a combination of a copy edit and a proofread.

A Manuscript Edit costs £5 per 1,000 words, e.g. £350 per 70,000 word novel.

If you have previously used us for a Story Edit, and subsequently require a Manuscript Edit, you will receive a 20% discount on the Manuscript Edit, making that £4 per 1,000 words, e.g. £280 per 70,000 word novel.

SAMPLE EDIT

Editing an author’s novel requires trust both ways. We need to understand the intentions for your story and you need assurance that we will give you an honest evaluation of your writing.

We request that you send us a 1-page synopsis and a 5,000-word sample of your novel. We will then send you an appraisal and an edit of that sample. The charge for this is £40.00. If you go on to use us for either Story or Manuscript Edits, this charge will be deducted from the overall fee.

Payment terms: 50% of the fee at the time of placement of order, with the remaining 50% due when the reports are ready to be forwarded to you. 

Submission format: we are happy to receive submissions in MS Word .doc or .docx format (preferable), or .rtf or .txt files. Note: feedback and marked-up manuscripts will be returned in MS Word .docx format only.

We also offer self-publishers a formatting service for both ebook and print book formats.