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

Developmental (Full) Editing

Developmental 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 outset of the novel, the plot and character development, how the chapters are organised, 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.

Procedure: because of the fact that a developmental edit is the most extensive type of editing, two editors will work on your manuscript. This provides you with two pairs of experienced eyes to deliver the best edit for your manuscript.

How it works: a developmental editor goes through your manuscript to give their feedback on the manuscript as a whole, inclusive structure, tone of voice, and possible plot holes/fixes. A second editor then works on the manuscript to revise the developmental editor’s suggestions and to check for grammatical errors and possible additions to the editor’s feedback. 

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: a single 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. 


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. 


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.


Any other work would be charged at my hourly rate of £25 (€28 / US$33 / CA$44 / AS$46), agreed in advance.

All services come with a 50% non-refundable booking fee.

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

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

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