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Editing Services: Opening Chapters

Receive detailed feedback on those all important opening pages of your book. This includes a bespoke report on your narrative style, use of dialogue and structure, plus a 30-minute follow-up call.

Overview

Receive detailed feedback on those all important opening pages of your book. The Opening Chapters service includes a bespoke report on your narrative style, use of dialogue and structure, plus a 30-minute follow-up call.

Those opening pages of your novel are some of the most important you write. Will you hook your reader? Will your first three chapters secure interest from literary agents? This editing service puts your first pages under the scrutiny of a professional editor, who will respond by providing you with a bespoke report that offers an evaluation of your progress, style and structure.

Testimonials

"The feedback I got on my children's story was very detailed and I am very grateful to the experts who read them. I felt a kindness towards me as a writer. which is very encouraging." Fiona Cobb


"This service helped me with the key concerns I had about my writing and the discussion led to easier decision-making about the way forward. The report provided useful practical support and tips." Marianne Marshall

Features

  • Appraisal from a genre-specific editor expert who will evaluate the strengths/weaknesses of your narrative, pace, dialogue, style and more
  • Receipt of a 3-5 page report from your editor within 14 working days of submission
  • Choice of two 15-minute phone calls both before and after the report or one phone call of up to 30 minutes following the report
  • A follow-up phone call of up to 30 minutes with your editor after you have received your report

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.

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:

  • Choose between submitting 12,000-19,999 words or 20,000-32,000 words
  • Please also submit a two-page synopsis (beginning with a brief notes about the book's intended audience, length, and any particular areas you are seeking guidance)

Synopsis

For this particular service it's useful for your synopsis to deliver as much of the following as possible:

  • The genre you feel best describes your book and target audience (if non-fiction, an explanation of the demand for a book on your subject)
  • Approximate length
  • A step-by-step account of how the book develops (this should be the majority of the document and, don't worry, spoilers are fine!)
  • A sense of who the main characters are
  • Amount of time taken to reach this stage
  • Any specific advice or areas of the writing process in which you're looking for guidance

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.

Pricing and Next Steps

  • The price for the service is £180* for a manuscript of 12,000-19,999 words or £360* for 20,000-32,000 words, with payment taken at the time of booking
  • Please note that we cannot accept submissions which do not comply with our criteria
  • After uploading your work, 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 14 days of an editor taking on your work
  • All information about the purchased service will appear in the “My services” section on your dashboard, which can be accessed after logging in

*This price is inclusive of VAT