Editing And Proofreading Services
“Wow, and to think I was just about to publish my book in its current state!”
Before submitting your book to any publisher to commence the content layout, it is imperative that your book is edited and proofread first. A book editing and proofreading service will ensure that these errors are eliminated. You will then feel more confident to submit your book for publishing. We offer accurate editing and proofreading services with a quick turnaround and a reasonable cost!
Editing and Proofreading Services Explained
A structural edit concentrates on the flow, style, logic and consistency of the document. Is it easy to understand and use? Does it make sense? Is it accessible to the reader? A structural edit will involve reviewing of the content, structure, language and style. In order to achieve clarity and accessibility to the reader, it may therefore involve some rewording and restructuring. It will include an overall review of the document to establish whether the document fulfills its purpose; is there a need for additional material such as a glossary, illustrations, map or index; and whether the document is user-friendly and easy to navigate. This is also the time to analyse whether the structure itself is functional or whether the content needs rearranging into a more logical order or into another form such as a table or illustration. If it’s a work of fiction, plot elements will be checked to make sure everything is consistent – including character behavior and appearance, tracking for plot holes etc. In a work of non-fiction or corporate documents, the same concepts apply: we will check to make sure that all theories and concepts remain sound and consistent throughout the work, that any formula or quotes or similar are reproduced the same way each time; that no material seems to be missing etc.
Copy editing focuses on removing mistakes, errors and inconsistencies from the document. It looks closely at the details of language, spelling and punctuation and consistency of style in terms of both language and layout. Text is checked for house style. Sources and references are checked. Where appropriate, facts will be checked and/or queried. Lists, illustrations, glossaries, contents etc. are checked for missing or incorrect entries. This is a much more detailed edit to ensure everything is as it should be. For example, ensuring characters’ appearances are consistent throughout the work; making sure that actions have consequences (i.e. if a character closes a door, they must then open it in order to leave the room again). Often a second, lower-level check of structural elements occurs at this stage (i.e. character consistency, plot elements, document flow). Because the manuscript or document may have undergone major rewrites following the initial structural edit, the editor may double-check these elements during the copy editing process. Alternatively, the document may have come to the copy edit stage straight from draft, by-passing the structural edit altogether. In this case, copy editing will cover both structural and copy editing elements. We guarantee the editing and proofreading service is to your satisfaction.
3. Proofreading (this is the last read-through and check to ensure the final manuscript is ready for publication.
Request a manuscript appraisal – this service will determine whether your book needs further editing and how much editing is required. The appraisal also marks recommendations so that if you wish to improve your book by completing the proofreading and editing process yourself – you can. The decision is then yours as to whether or not you wish to select further assistance. Costs for proofreading services will depend on the length and type of manuscript. All manuscripts are required to be submitted for evaluation to determine a correct quote.
Non-Fiction Books editing and proofreading
Does your non-fiction book require editing and proofreading before being considered for publication? We apply book editing and proofreading techniques specially designed for writers of non-fiction work. Good writers and authors often have a difficult time finding publishers who are willing to consider a book written by a yet unpublished writer. We have edited and proofread many books written by authors expressing their personal experiences. If you are happy with our suggestions, we then edit your manuscript to suit your personal needs. If appropriate, we maintain the integrity of your personal style throughout your manuscript when corrections are made.
Christian Books editing and proofreading
Publishing for Beginners offers personal editing services for Christian novels. We have fully trained staff who are experienced in the Word of God and eager to proofread, edit or suggest a rewrite of your Christian novel. Our Christian editing service includes a review of your manuscript which checks for tone, complexity, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, syntax, flow and formatting. Our Christian editors line up your quoted scripture passage with the Word of God.