Every book goes through an editing process. Many books go through multiple edits.
But remember the wise words of the author Blake Morrison. “Editing might be a bloody trade, but knives aren’t the exclusive property of butchers. Surgeons use them too.”
Writing a book involves having the confidence to be judged, sometimes harshly, because not everybody is going to like what you write.
It’s about having the confidence to write badly, knowing that you can edit and edit again later. It’s about the confidence to get started on that book because you can’t edit what you haven’t written.
Many new authors make the mistake of adding that final full-stop and thinking that the journey is over. It’s not because the beauty and authenticity of a book come alive during the editing process. As an author, I know that!
Every published author has to take advice and criticism from their editors before their book is ready for publication. No book is ever written to perfection, without being edited.
Author Shannon Hale puts it succinctly: “I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shovelling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”
For a new author, having a new pair of eyes read your words and make constructive comment can be invaluable. You want your book to be a castle, not just sand.
Our service is a two-step process. First, to edit your book, and discuss and agree any changes with you. Then when those changes are agreed, we’ll proofread your book for any grammatical or other errors.
After all, you want your book to be the very best that it can be.
Every book is different. It might be a novel or something with technical content. It could be 40,000 words or 150,000 words. Do please contact us for an initial discussion on cost. Our guarantee is to agree a set fee at the outset, no matter how long the editing process takes.