Updated: Sep 1, 2022
Professional book editor in the UK encourages more aspiring authors to hire a manuscript editor to polish their novel before querying literary agents or self-publishing!
In most cases, there are three different types of writers. Some love the self-editing stage, some loathe it, and others have no idea where to start.
However, no matter how you feel about the editing process, it's impossible to find every plot hole, unrealistic line of dialogue, inconsistency or mistake on your own. You might find the odd typo, but that's likely because of the inbuilt spellchecker on your laptop; most other issues are hidden.
Plus, your brain grows so accustomed to what you've written that you often no longer notice what needs revising, which leads many writers to believe that their manuscript is completely polished when it's actually not.
For this reason, professional book editors like myself are vital to the completion of a manuscript. You may have a plot that could grip J. K. Rowling or Stephen King, but if your content is flooded with plot holes, weak characters, clunky sentences, misplaced commas, and lengthy paragraphs, your readers will lose interest.
Nevertheless, it's understandable that not everyone can hire an editor as soon as they've finished writing their book, if at all. Depending on the final word count, paying a professional book editor can be expensive, which can put many writers off, especially newbies.
It'd be wrong to tell you what to do with your hard-earned cash, but if you can afford to hire a book editor, definitely go for it. A professional will offer a fresh perspective and suggest new ideas you may not have considered before, so your manuscript will be much stronger and much more marketable as a result.
If you write novels, short stories or poetry, or even blog posts, website copy or educational journals, you should 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 manuscript, but if your dream is to make a living from writing fiction in particular and to maintain a loyal readership, getting a professional book editor is the best thing to do.
Now, I know some book editors have a bad reputation for being expensive, insensitive and impersonal, but my aim with this post is to alter your perspective even just a little, and hopefully encourage you to invest in professional book editing services before querying literary agents or self-publishing.
Stand Corrected Editing is my small book editing company based in the UK, providing professional book editing services to aspiring authors just like you. Whether you have a lengthy fantasy, a collection of poetry, a non-fiction book or a short article or essay, any piece of written content is accepted and polished to the highest standard.
And if you've never worked with me before, you get a whopping 15% discount on your first purchase, so that could be the difference between paying £663 as opposed to £780 for a 52k word line edit!
Here's a list of the four manuscript editing services that I offer:
Developmental Editing - a 'big picture' edit that looks at aspects such as plot, characters, structure, dialogue, POV and voice.
Line editing - the heaviest copy edit, so you get everything that copy editing offers but with the added extras. For example, my line editing service will also look at your writing style, flow, pace, tense and mood & tone.
Copy editing - a medium edit that focuses on areas such as your syntax, grammar, punctuation, consistency, factual accuracy, spelling and typos.
Proofreading - the lightest edit, usually for those who are close to submission level. Proofreading involves correcting any missed typos, punctuation, grammatical errors, spelling mistakes.
Stand Corrected Editing also provides the Agent Submission Bundle Review, which 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.
You may have thought that was it, but your relationship with me at Stand Corrected Editing doesn't end when you receive your edits. My clients are automatically entitled to free book promotion if they choose to self-publish, meaning free exposure of your author platform and 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 I want to provide this loyalty because of how challenging it is to make success as an author.
Don't get me wrong, writing, editing, and publishing are all hard tasks, but the work after publication can feel impossible. For example, here's a list of the areas you may need to focus on when you've self-published:
Raising funds to advertise.
Knowing where to market your book.
Learning how to build an author website.
Figuring out how to build an email list.
Knowing how often you should promote your novels.
Getting noticed as a new author.
Battling with the fear that no one will read your book.
Encouraging people to buy your book.
Receiving positive book reviews.
Getting book sales after the initial launch.
These things can be difficult to do, so I'm passionate about making it a little easier. Authors may not receive an abundance of royalties through it, but it's possible to earn something and make a start at growing your audience!
Hey! I'm Chelsea and I'm a professional book editor at Stand Corrected Editing, my independent editorial business in the UK. If you would like to have your manuscript thoroughly edited by myself, please get in touch!
With my book editing and proofreading services, I hope to spread my knowledge and expertise on how to make your novel a success, and be a mentor to others who desperately want to pursue a fruitful career as an author!