A raw, unedited manuscript has many positives. Often it’s passionate, authentic and honest. I love reading such works, but the trouble is, I’m in the minority.
If you want to see your writing as a published book, it will have to be grammatically flawless, structured and believable. But most importantly of all, your writing must be easy to read.
Correcting grammar and punctuation is only one small part of the editing process. A good editor will also:
In short, a freelance editor will take your raw, passion-fuelled manuscript and turn it into a work of art that everyone can enjoy.
If you live in London, or anywhere else in the UK, you’d benefit greatly from having an experienced writer and editor edit your manuscript. If someone edited out my passion, my voice and my uniqueness, I’d be livid. That’s why I always make maintaining your authenticity my top priority.
So what exactly do we offer?
First of all, I will read your manuscript and give you an appraisal. I will advise you on your publication options. A big determining factor behind this will be if it is to be pitched as literary or commercial fiction. This discussion will identify which avenue the editing service should take.
I will also offer an opinion on narrative voice and viewpoint. If your story is best told in first person, it should be written as spoken in conversation. And people rarely use perfect grammar when they talk. Often, I tell people that their narrative would be better served as direct speech, which is a highly skilled art.
So the amount of editing and therefore price, depends on what we agree. If you wish me to change the viewpoint then it will require a virtual rewrite. Also, commercial fiction is usually told in the third person. This is what people expect.
Michael had been working on his manuscript for a long time. He’d previously given it to an English lecturer to edit , but wasn’t happy with the changes. The book was about his experiences in UK mental health institutions and prisons. I found his unedited story riveting, but I knew many would disagree. As well as correcting the grammar and making it an easy read, I changed:
As the manuscript was written in first person, I had to ensure that it maintained its authenticity. It had to come across that he was dyslexic and had mental health problems in order for it to be believable. This was because, as a reader, I enjoyed this authentic tone immensely.
Michael was delighted with the final outcome. Here’s what he had to say about it:
I had been looking for someone like Terry for some time. I was new to writing and being dyslectic meant I struggled with editing and paragraphs . Terry turned a very ordinary manuscript into something that could be read by the many. I am now thinking about getting my work published this could not of happened without Terrys services.
Terry is one of them guys that does exactly what he says and in the time that he says. My advice would be try him you have nothing to lose but plenty to gain.
Our rates compare favourably to the compeition. I charged Michael £100 for the initial appraisal, plus £300 for editing and typesetting his 80,000 word manuscript. The changes described are standard. A change of viewpoint would cost more than this, but then again, you might get a higher return.
Editing is highly subjective, so I will edit the first chapter for free. As Michael said, you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Working on a freelance basis comes with a few perks. If you live in London or anywhere else in the UK that’s reasonably commutable, I’ll come and meet you for a drink. I can’t wait to hear about your work and your plans for progression.
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