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Root and Branch Editing

Root and Branch offers you the professional editorial input you require to increase your chances of becoming a successful published writer. 

If it is your passion to be a published author, you owe it to yourself to present your material to the highest professional standards. If you want to win a large and loyal audience, your text needs to be compelling and immaculately presented – free from the spelling errors, shoddy formatting and poor structuring that plague many self-published works. I can offer you the editorial input that could make all the difference to putting a professional sheen on your work. 

 I am happy to offer development editing, copyediting and proofreading services to writers of fiction and non-fiction. 

 I have more than fifteen years’ experience of developing titles with authors on a huge range of subjects. My previous experience in fiction editing includes working with authors writing in the genres of thrillers, crime fiction and adventure novels. On the non-fiction side, I have worked on all sorts of topics from structural engineering to bee-keeping; from Japanese graphic design to Latin for gardeners. If you are not certain which service your material would most benefit from, here is a rough guide:


• Development editing 

Development editing (sometimes described as project editing) means that the editor takes an overview of the whole work. A development editor can be involved before the writing begins, when the author is developing an idea and wants to ascertain whether it could work as a book, or during the writing, if the author has become stuck and is unsure how to complete the project. As a development editor, I work on the overall structure, content and targeting of the book, clarifying aspects such as: 

  •  What is the intended market for the book? 
  • Who is your ideal reader? 
  • What is the tone of your writing? 
  • How are you going to structure your work? 

• Copyediting 

This involves a very thorough reading and analysis of your text, scrutinising the material line by line, in order to perfect the language and clarify your voice. 


• Proofreading 

This is the lightest of all editorial interventions. If you have worked on your book to the point where you think it is ready to be published, the final stage is to have it proofread. Think of it as the quality control procedure. Any mistake that is left in at this stage will be visible to your readers, so this process is vital if you want to present yourself as professionally as possible. 


 If you are still uncertain about whether to use my help or not, I am happy to review a sample first and give you some guidelines as to what services I can offer you and what sort of fees would be involved. You are under no obligation to use my services once I have made this initial assessment.