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Manuscript Editing Services

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Editing and Proofreading Services Explained

1. Structural editing (or “substantive” editing, checks the content, structure, flow, style, clarity, consistency, plot elements etc.)

A structural edit concentrates on the document’s flow, style, logic and consistency. Is it easy to understand and use? Do you think it makes sense? Is it accessible to the reader? A structural edit will review the content, structure, language and style. To achieve clarity and accessibility to the reader, it may therefore involve some rewording and restructuring.

It will include an overall review of the document to establish whether it fulfils its purpose, whether there is a need for additional material such as a glossary, illustrations, map or index, and whether the document is user-friendly and easy to navigate. In addition, it is time to analyse if the structure is functional or whether the text needs rearranging into a more logical order or another form, such as a table or illustration.

If it’s a work of fiction, we will check plot elements to ensure everything is consistent – including character behaviour and appearance, tracking for plot holes etc. In non-fiction or corporate documents, the same concepts apply: we will check to ensure that all theories and concepts remain sound and consistent throughout the work. Any formula, quotes, or similar are reproduced the same way each time; no material seems missing.

2. Copy editing (this checks the accuracy and consistency of the overall publication and language, spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence construction, vocabulary, tense etc.)

Copy editing focuses more on removing mistakes, errors and inconsistencies from the document. It looks closely at the details of language, spelling and punctuation, and language and layout style consistency. We will check the text for style. Sources and references will be reviewed. Where appropriate, we can verify the facts and ask them. Lists, illustrations, glossaries, contents etc., will all be checked for missing or incorrect entries.

Copy editing is much more detailed to ensure everything is as it should be. For example, ensuring characters’ appearances are consistent throughout the work ensures actions have consequences. (i.e., if a character closes a door, they must open it to leave the room again, and so on). Often a second, lower-level check of structural elements is done again at this stage, i.e., character consistency, plot elements, document flow, etc.

The editor may double-check these elements during the copy-editing process because the manuscript or document may have undergone significant rewrites following the initial structural edit. Alternatively, the composition may have come to the copy edit stage straight from the draft, bypassing the structural modification altogether. In this case, copy editing will cover structural and copy editing elements. But, again, we promise you an editing and proofreading service.

3. Proofreading (This is the last read-through, checking to ensure the final manuscript is ready for publication/presentation/distribution.)

Request a Manuscript Appraisal – this service will determine whether your book needs further editing and how much editing is required. The appraisal will also make recommendations so that if you wish to improve your text by completing the proofreading and editing process yourself – you can – the decision is yours as to whether or not you want to select further assistance.
Costs for proofreading services

All manuscripts are required to be submitted for evaluation to determine a correct quote.

Non-Fiction Books

Does your non-fiction book require editing and proofreading before being considered for publication? We will employ book editing and proofreading techniques specially designed for the writer who has written a non-fiction book. However, good writers and authors often have difficulty finding publishers willing to consider a book written by an unpublished writer. Therefore, we have edited and proofread many texts by authors expressing their personal experiences.

Love of Books also offers personal editing services for Christian novels. We have fully trained staff experienced in the Word of God and eager to proofread, edit or suggest a rewrite of your Christian book.

Our Christian editing service includes a review of your manuscript, which checks for tone, complexity, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, syntax, flow and formatting.
We will edit your novel to suit your needs if you are happy with our suggestions. If appropriate, we maintain the integrity of your style throughout your book when making corrections. Our Christian editors line up your quoted scripture passage with the Word of God.

Manuscript Editing – Hints

Most writers do poorly editing themselves, even if they are excellent editors when working on other people’s work.

All manuscript editing should be done on double-spaced paper, with a red pen, even if the editor will enter those changes into the manuscript using a ‘track changes option’.

A copy-edit is editing your work for grammar, style, punctuation and clarity. While a copy editor or a proofreader can do their work in one sentence simultaneously, a complex editor should read the whole book once before trying to edit it.

It is important to note that manuscript editing isn’t a substitute for proofreading a finished copy. Proofreading is the final stage, where typos are pointed out and corrected before publishing.

Ask about our Manuscript Appraisal Service!

Manuscript appraisals for Children’s books cost a maximum of $180.00, and for all other books is $290.00.

We know the endurance, tenacity, and patience a writer must possess to become published, so we provide accurate editing and proofreading in a quick turnaround time for a reasonable price!

Suppose you can’t hire a professional book editor to edit or proofread your new book. In that case, you might consider getting a trusted friend or family member to help with copy editing and proofreading and provide constructive criticism.

Self Editing

The human brain takes no nonsense. As long as you feed it with logical information, it is happy. As soon as you start feeding it nonsense, it tries to change it into logic.

Read the following sentence:

I don’t konw why but I ahve no porlbem uderntsaning tihis snetcne.

In the wink of an eye, most people will realise what this sentence is saying: I don’t know why, but I have no problem understanding this sentence.

That is what makes the task of self-editing your work so difficult. As you scan over something you have written, you tend to miss mistakes you may have made. You read what is not there because the brain expects it to be there.

How do you deliver work that is as free from mistakes as possible?

There are some techniques that you may use.

* The first is to read it out loud. In that way, you do not rely on the eye alone to send information to the brain. The ear also kicks in. It is very effective in identifying awkward sentence construction.

* Some people use a technique called read in reverse. You start at the end of the sentence and read word for word backwards. It’s a way of taking the brain’s tendency to correct out of the equation. The technique is handy for finding spelling mistakes.

* A common mistake writers make is to finish writing and immediately go through the work to ensure everything is correct. The information is just too fresh in your mind. Let’s wait a day or two before you edit your work.

* A constructive tip many established writers will give you is to cut and not to add. As their writing flows along, most writers drone on a bit. So when editing your work, look for unnecessary sentences and words. Please don’t hesitate to take them out.

* We live in the 21st century and should use the tools available. Effective voice recognition software catches mistakes while “writing, “, especially for those, not ten-finger typists. As you talk, the words appear on the screen, making spotting errors easier. There are excellent programs on the market with a remarkable degree of accuracy.

Editing relies on another art: the one to realise that you are not perfect and your writing is not excellent. So, when editing, please be careful. Criticise yourself. If you have made a mistake, admit it and correct it.

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