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MANUSCRIPT ADVICE

  • General advice and concise feedback on format, content and wording

Manuscript advice looks at the big picture: the overall structure, content, and style of your manuscript.

*Disclaimer: manuscript advice does NOT include editing services such as (copy-)editing or proofreading.*

*minimum fee is £150*

Fee from £5 per 1,000 words.

PROOFREADING & EDITING

  • Editing – for consistency, tone, voice, plot, characterisation, etc.
  • Proofreading – including reviewing spelling, punctuation, grammar, consistent font, and formatting.

Developmental Editing

Full editing is the most comprehensive form of editing where the manuscript in its entirety is reviewed; the focus is on the novel as a whole, the bigger picture and overall structure.

A full edit includes the consistency of voice, and ensuring that the language used, the style, presentation and content are all in line with the novel’s intended purpose and readership.

This includes things like plot, character, point of view, pace, writing style, narrative, and dialogue.

Procedure: because of the fact that a full edit is the most extensive type of editing, an editor will go through your manuscript three times. This delivers the best edit for your manuscript.

How it works: an editor goes through your manuscript with a toothcomb to fix and check structure, tone of voice, and possible plot holes/fixes. The editor then sends it to their Kindle to listen to the manuscript while revising it. In conclusion, the editor goes through the whole document once again to ensure the full edit has not left anything behind, including grammatical or syntax errors and typos and to amend where necessary.

In conclusion, both editors will discuss their findings and provide the author with their feedback as well as the edited manuscript. 

Copy Editing

copy editor not only checks for grammatical errors but also focuses on the continuity and consistency of the plot, the characters, and the language used. Are all loose ends tied up? The copyeditor’s job is not just to check grammar and spelling but is also about ensuring the elements of the story are consistent and cohesive.

Procedure: an editor goes through your manuscript twice, the second time while also listening to your story, to address grammatical errors, in-text formatting issues, and overall consistency and continuity. 

How it works: the editor goes over the manuscript working on text-formatting issues (not to be confused with formatting for publication which does not address any textual formatting typos/errors), grammatical errors, and overall consistency and cohesiveness of the plot; at the next stage, the editor listens to the edited manuscript with the document in front of them to ensure the alterations do not detract from the author's tone of voice and style of writing. They also check once again for grammatical errors/typos. 

Proofreading

When proofreading, the focus is on typographical errors. Proofreading requires a close-up look at the manuscript to spot even the smallest typographical and mechanical errors such as spelling mistakes, (missing) commas, erroneous spaces, inconsistencies in margins, and more.  Proofreading is all about enhancing the quality of your book.

Procedure: a single proofreader goes through your manuscript twice to address grammatical errors and in-text formatting issues. 

How it works: the proofreader goes over the manuscript focussing on grammatical errors and typos, checking (brand) names and use of titles etc.; at the next stage, the proofreader listens to the manuscript with the document in front of them to ensure they have addressed all the grammatical errors/typos. 

Fees

Deposit - Non-refundable

I ask clients for a non-refundable deposit £50 (€60, $70) to reserve a slot.
This fee will be deducted from the first invoice upon receipt of your manuscript.

*Minimum fee is £100*

Fee per 1,000 words:

Proofreading £ 8
Copy editing £10
Full editing £12

A discount of 10% will be applied when ordering two or more services.

In case a sample (1,000 words for a novel, 500 for a short story collection) is requested,
a fee of £50 resp £25 is applicable; this will subsequently be
deducted from the total fee for the editing service agreed upon.

WRITING

Documents/blurbs/submission papers: General advice, concise feedback, or comprehensive analysis on format, content and wording.

Our professional writing-related services include but are by no means limited to:

  • Consultation – advice, and a sounding board, on all kinds of creative writing, as well as on blurb, summary writing, and numerous other aspects of writing and communication.
  • Writing – while the author’s focus is predominantly long-form copy, short stories and novels, we have experience in the creation of web content, white papers, articles, speeches, scripts, and presentations.
  • Rewriting – Where necessary for projects, we can help rewrite or reword as needed.

For any rewriting, and/or academic papers, or specific writing services, please contact us by email.

Fees

*minimum fee is £150 (€165, $192)*

Fee from £ 12 (€13, $15) per 1,000 words.

Documents/blurbs/submission papers: General advice, concise feedback, or comprehensive analysis on format, content and wording.

Our professional writing-related services include but are by no means limited to:

  • Consultation – advice, and a sounding board, on all kinds of creative writing, as well as on blurb, summary writing, and numerous other aspects of writing and communication.
  • Writing – while the author’s focus is predominantly long-form copy, short stories and novels, we have experience in the creation of web content, white papers, articles, speeches, scripts, and presentations.
  • Rewriting – Where necessary for projects, we can help rewrite or reword as needed.

For any rewriting, and/or academic papers, or specific writing services, please contact us by email.

NOTES

A 10% discount is available for ALLi members.
*Discounts are not cumulative*

Any other work would be charged at my hourly rate of £25 (€29 / US$35), agreed in advance.

My editors and I cannot be held responsible for any errors unchecked by the author before submitting to any printers/publishers/editors.

Deposits and booking fees are non-refundable.

Payment terms are 10 days. On day 11, interest is charged at 4% plus the Bank of England base rate.

For more info, other options, or customised quotations, please contact us at caroline@carolinevincent.co.uk.

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