This is Cressida Downing’s last blog on Writers’ & Artists’ editorial services.  This week she focuses on the Full Manuscript Review.

What do you need to do?  

Supply the full manuscript of your novel, and a two page synopsis.  

What do you get out of it?

A line by line edit of half your manuscript – provided to you in two documents, one with all the changes tracked, and one a clean copy.  A small summary of why the editor has taken those editorial choices, and suggestions for implementing any minor changes.

Who is looking at your work?

An experienced editor who understands the genre you’re writing in.

What’s unique about this service?

Rather than a straight copy or line edit, this provides you with a unique insight into how an editor would approach your work, giving you valuable information on how to approach your text in the future and identifying common mistakes that you as an author are prone to.

Top tip:

The cost of this service is directly related to word count.  If you were going to edit a few thousand words out anyway, do it first.  This will make it cheaper for you and give the editor a more polished work to tackle.

Useful for all authors:

There’s no excuse for being sloppy.  Your writing should always be the best you can make it before you ask someone else to read it.  It’s exasperating to write a long report about why someone’s grammar is hindering the sense of a novel, only to get an email back saying ‘oh I know about those problems, I’m going to fix them later.’  

Expect to have to edit – I’ve not met an author that doesn’t have to yet – and treat your reader with respect.  They’ll thank you for it!

Click here for more information about how to sign up for the Full Manuscript Review service.

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