Finding the right person to edit your novel is always a big decision. Not only do you need to find someone with the necessary experience and skills, it is equally important to find someone you are happy to work with. Have a look at my testimonials to see what some of my clients have said about working with me.
The levels of fiction editing can seem baffling. How do you know what kind of editing you will need? I will assess your manuscript for you and give you an estimate of the cost.
When is the best time to look for an editor? If your book is completed and you've got it as good as you can, then it's time to think about getting it professionally edited. It is unlikely a busy editor will have instant availability so it makes sense to get in touch sooner rather than later.
Why not contact me to talk about your book? You can send me an email or just pick up the phone and have a chat about it.
"Helen’s approach is professional, thorough and friendly, and working with her has been an enjoyable and educational experience. She was reassuring and encouraging. She has become my mentor!
Levels of fiction editing
Substantive or developmental editing
This kind of editing involves looking at the big picture. It looks at plot, character and setting. It often involves cutting out extraneous detail that detracts from the impetus of the plot. It picks up errors and inconsistencies. The level of intervention will vary from book to book, but most novels benefit from a degree of substantive editing.
Copy-editing or line editing
This level of editing involves correcting errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, style and usage. A copy-editor will also check the accuracy of facts, dates and quotations. However, a copy-editor will not consider the developmental issues outlined above.
"Your editor did a marvellous job ... your writing is flawless. It's cleaner, tighter and an easy read."
This is the final quality check and tidy up before publication when errors that have been missed at earlier stages of production are spotted. For a novel, a proofreader will check spelling, punctuation, consistency of style and the logical arrangement of the manuscript.
Once I have had a chance to look at your novel, I will help you to choose the right balance of editing for you. Try to check your manuscript as thoroughly as you can before sending it for editing. That will save time and allow your editor to concentrate on the bigger issues.
I undertake a variety of non-fiction work, from books to blogs and websites. I specialise in business and the humanities and have a working knowledge of French.
Not only will I copy-edit and proofread, I will also write copy for websites. Perhaps the content for your newsletter or blog could benefit from some polish and flair in addition to checking the usual spellings and punctuation.
I can guarantee a fast turnaround and work to the highest standard.
Please contact me if you think I might be able to help you.
"I cannot recommend Helen highly enough. She has edited two of my books and has been a delight to work with. Helen is friendly and professional, with a strong, collaborative style. She is very supportive and never critical, but she does not shy away from providing effective challenge and guidance where it is needed."