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Editing Services: Final Polish

Line-by-line editing from an editor as you strive for clarity and consistency, and look to iron out grammar and spelling mistakes. Follow-up call with editor included.


Our Final Polish editing service has been devised for writers wanting to ensure their manuscript is as good as it can possibly be before looking to approach literary agents or self-publish. View editor bios

One of our experienced editors will read your manuscript in its entirety, line-by-line edit 50% of the text (addressing punctuation, grammar, spelling, as well as highlighting errors and/or inconsistencies), offer 1-2 pages of notes alongside two revised versions of your manuscript (the first with suggested changes highlighted; the second with all suggested changes applied), then become available for a 30-minute follow-up call in which additional guidance on overall structure and how to maintain consistency will be discussed.


  • Professional read-through and thorough edit of a substantial part of your work
  • Correction of poor grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Tackling of inconsistencies, repetition and writer blind spots
  • Detailed mark-up on your original manuscript
  • Sample ‘clean’ manuscript, purged of errors and inconsistencies
  • Follow-up phone call of up to 30 minutes
  • Guarantee of fundamental standards should you opt to submit to a literary agent or self-publish

What You Need To Submit

All you need do is to follow the apply link, fill in the application form and upload the following files when asked:

  • A two-page synopsis
  • Your 60,000+ words

Please make sure the pages are numbered (and named, where appropriate) and use a standard typeface such as Times New Roman in 12pt and double-spaced. The accepted file types are .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf.

How It Works

After a successful application and payment, a confirmation email will be sent to your email address.

An editor will be assigned to your work.

He/She will send you:

  • A line-by-line edit addressing issues of consistency, grammar, spelling and clarity.
  • Two versions will be sent out to you. The first will be annotated with track changes visible and the other will be a submission-ready version with all changes made. This one is the submission-ready version but with the caveat that the brief structural report attached may alert you to additional changes you may want to consider as finishing touches before submitting to an agent or a paying audience.
  • After uploading your work and making the payment, a confirmation email will be sent to your email address
  • An editor will then be assigned to your work. Expect to receive your report within 21 days of an editor taking on your work
  • After you have received your report, you will work with the editor to arrange a convenient time for your follow-up call

Please note: unless alternative arrangements have been agreed with W&A Admin and your Editor, your follow-up call must take place no more than one-month after receiving your report.

All information about the purchased service and its status will be in the “My services” section on your dashboard, which can be accessed after logging in.


60,000-79,999 words: £680 (a maximum of 40,000 words will be line-by-line edited)*

80,000-99,999 words: £850 (a maximum of 50,000 words will be line-by-line edited)*

100,000-120,000 words: £1020 (a maximum of 60,000 words will be line-by-line edited)*

If your manuscript is longer than 120,000 words you will be charged £17 for every extra 1,000 words*. To work out a payment plan and discuss further details, please email us at or call on +44 (0)207 631 5985.

*These prices are inclusive of VAT

Please note: The cost of the service will be taken at the time you book. If you supply more than the stated range of words for the price you have paid, we will still only be able to review the number of words entitled for the stated price.