Updated: Nov 3, 2020
For all of you out there who write stories, poems and books, you'll understand the importance of the editing process. From self-editing all the way up to professional editing, it all needs to be done.
Oh, what's that? You aren't going to hire a professional editor before you publish? Well, it's up to you what you do with your pride and joy, but if your dream is to make a living from writing and to maintain a loyal readership, getting a professional editor is the kindest thing to do for your work and your dignity.
Now, I know editors have a bad reputation for charging stupid amounts for their services, but through this article, I aim to alter your perspective of them, even just a little, and hopefully encourage more writers and authors to pursue them before querying and self-publishing.
Let me tell you a bit about my consultancy.
Stand Corrected Editing is an independent literary consultancy based in the UK that helps passionate writers get their manuscripts to submission level. Whether you have a lengthy fantasy, a collection of poetry, a non-fiction self-help book, or a short article or essay, any piece of written content is accepted and polished to the highest standard.
Stand Corrected Editing offers a range of services for writers and authors on their journey to publication. The obvious services, of course, include copy editing, line editing and proofreading. But what is the difference between the three?
Copy editing is a medium edit that focuses on areas such as your syntax, grammar, punctuation, consistency, factual accuracy, spelling and typos.
Line editing is a much heavier edit. You get the same service as what copy editing offers, but with the added extras. For example, a line editor will also look at your writing style, flow, pace, tense and structure.
On the other hand, proofreading is a much lighter edit, usually for those who are close to submission level. Proofreading involves correcting any missed typos, punctuation, grammatical errors, spelling mistakes.
As well as the editing services, Stand Corrected Editing also provides the following packages: Manuscript Evaluation, Agent Submission Bundle Review, Novel Opening Assessment, Beta Reading and a Free Consultation.
Ooh! What are these? I hear you ask. Well, let me tell you!
Manuscript Evaluation: With this service, I will read your entire manuscript and provide you with developmental feedback that highlights the strengths and weaknesses of your work. Feedback comes in the form of a detailed editorial report.
Agent Submission Bundle Review: This package is for writers who are nearly ready to query agents but need a little more advice before doing so. This service requires only the first three chapters of your manuscript, your 1-2 page synopsis and your query letter. In return, you'll receive a detailed feedback report with information on how to improve your pitch.
Novel Opening Review: Writers who are just starting may benefit the most from this service. Send in the first 25,000 words of your work and receive an editorial report detailing what's going well and what needs improving.
Beta Reading: This is the most well-known service among the writing community as pretty much anyone can be a beta reader, but for those who don't know what beta reading is - its when you give your manuscript to someone else for honest feedback. A beta reader could be your family, your friends or a stranger who is willing to read your work.
But why would you want to pay for something others can give for free? Good question! You may have a queue of free beta readers lined up, but Stand Corrected Editing wishes to offer you advice from a professional perspective as well as from the view of a standard reader. My opinion is by no means more important than others, but it's always helpful to gain tips from someone in the field.
Plus, many writers have a fear of having their ideas and work stolen, so having your stories beta read by myself at Stand Corrected Editing will protect you from that 100%.
Free Consultation: This service is for writers and authors who may have no idea what service their work needs. You can send in the first ten pages of your manuscript for a free report that will highlight what is working and what your next steps should be in terms of editing.
You may have thought that was it, but the relationship with Stand Corrected Editing doesn't end when I have returned your edited work. Clients who have had their work edited at Stand Corrected Editing are automatically entitled to free advertising and marketing of their books after publication. That means free exposure of your author platform and your books!
But what's the catch? I hear you ask. Stand Corrected Editing sounds too good to be true!
It does sound too good to be true, but Stand Corrected Editing provides this loyalty because of how challenging it is to make it as a writer. Don't get me wrong, writing, editing, and publishing are hard, but the work after publication can feel impossible. For example, here is a list of the areas authors may need to focus on when they have published:
Raising funds to advertise.
Knowing where to market their book.
Learning how to build an author website.
Figuring out how to build a mailing list.
Knowing how often they should promote themselves.
Getting noticed as a new author.
Battling with the fear that no one will read their book.
Encouraging people to buy their book.
Receiving positive book reviews.
These things can be difficult to do, so I am passionate about making it a little easier. Authors may not receive an abundance of royalties through it, but it's possible!
But why should all this encourage me to hire professional editors? All you've done is advertise Stand Corrected Editing!
Yep, for most of this article, I have promoted Stand Corrected Editing. Not in the hope that you rush out and pay me to have your work edited, but to try and show you that not all editors or professionals in the field are horrible money grabbers. It's not always just a service, some of us care about the millions of writers trying to get their voice heard. Yes, it's incredible making a living from editing books, but watching writers transform into authors is even better!
Stand Corrected Editing is a literary consultancy in the UK that provides editorial services for writers who dream of attracting a literary agent or self-publishing. If you're a writer who wants to increase your chances of landing a book deal and growing your audience, you've come to the right place!
Feel free to check out the exciting packages that could help you on your way to success!
Alternatively, enrol on this amazing editing course that is guaranteed to instantly help you impress literary agents AND increase your book sales with extraordinary results! If you are interested, click this link and you can get started straight away: https://standcorrectedediting.thinkific.com/courses/become-a-pro-at-copy-editing
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