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This is a question I’m often asked and the answer is always ‘Of course!’ It’s common for clients to know the result they want to achieve but they don’t know how to get there.

That’s where I come in.

I’m happy to discuss the editing options available so you’re able to make an informed choice.

Feel free to get in touch and tell me about any plans you have, however vague. It’s a great place to start!

I’d be very happy to do that! You’ll need to decide if you want a full developmental edit or a manuscript evaluation – and there’s a difference between the two.

A developmental edit is an in-depth, big picture review of your manuscript where the major storytelling elements of your novel are examined. You’ll find out what works and what doesn’t, and you’ll learn how to make your novel stronger.

A manuscript evaluation is an honest, detailed critique of how well your novel is working through looking at the major storytelling elements, such as plot, structure, pacing, characterisation, dialogue, setting and narrative technique.

If you’re not sure which one to choose, we can discuss each service so you can make the best decision for your work.

Yes, sample edits are part of the process of learning if we can work together. You’ll see if you like my editing and I’ll see if your text is something I can work on.

I do a small amount of editing for free but it’s limited, for obvious reasons.

Before I start any work for a client, timelines are agreed. I’m always upfront. If I’ve a lot of work on and won’t be able to complete your work straightaway, I’ll let you know.

I’m happy to consider work commissioned to a tight deadline, but please be aware that my fees will be slightly higher to accommodate this.

Depending on the work, I charge by the project or by the hour. Fees are agreed before any work starts, and if the cost is by project, half of the amount is payable upfront. The final payment is made at the end of the project.

Yes, I’m a fiction editor, mentor and writer, which are three specialisms in themselves.

The genres I love working in are:

  • General fiction (including mainstream and commercial)
  • Women’s
  • Book club
  • Feel-good
  • Upmarket
  • Literary
  • Romance, chick lit
  • Action/thriller
  • Young Adult
  • Children’s fiction (including picture books)
  • Short stories/novellas
  • Creative non-fiction – Memoir and Biography

I can help you strengthen and shape your manuscript through developmental editing or a manuscript evaluation, and I can help you polish your work at sentence level through a line and copyeditingProofreading will pick up punctuation, spelling and grammatical errors.

I can also guide your writing through mentoring, with the goal of helping you become a better writer.

I pride myself that I approach any editing project with a deep understanding of how personal writing and the writing process is because I’ve been there myself with my own fiction writing. So all my editing is undertaken with empathy and sensitivity, and my support and encouragement is one of the reasons why I have repeat clients.

This sounds like you want a line and copyedit where sentences are reviewed for readability, consistency and flow, and errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Proofreading is where errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar are corrected. It’s the final stage in the editing process and the final check of your work before it goes out into the world.

The two editing services are often confused and I’m more than happy to discuss them with you.

Why? I won’t bite! All my observations and comments are made with your intentions in mind, and so I’m careful to read with an understanding of what you’re trying to achieve. If I think you haven’t achieved what you set out to do, I look at why. My observations, comments and advice are just that. They are not criticisms or an opportunity for me to tear your writing apart.

I pride myself on understanding how difficult writing and the writing process can be, and so anything I say about your work is said with sensitivity and said positively.

But remember that the first step to improving your story is to get someone else to look at it. Holding it close means errors won’t be spotted, whether it’s an inconsistency in a character, the timeline, or a wrongly spelled word.

I offer bespoke creative writing mentoring that’s tailored to the individual with the aim of making you a better writer. This could involve support in creating an effective writing life, looking at the craft of fiction to focus on elements where more help is needed, or setting writing goals in completing a long-term project and helping these goals be achieved.

Mentoring is extremely individual because each person has their own vision for their writing. I try to remain as flexible as possible so I can offer the most supportive mentoring service. It’s very rewarding seeing a writer develop and I’m always so proud when they reach their goals.

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