The Comprehensive Editing

Why choose The Comprehensive Edit?

Does your manuscript need in-depth comprehensive editing? Collaborate with me, Shelley Routledge, an expert editor to transform your manuscript.

Firstly, The Comprehensive Edit offers a thorough and in-depth review of your entire manuscript and assesses all components of your writing, from words and sentences to the structure, style, tone and voice of your novel.

Secondly, this service will provide you with vital feedback on characterisation and plot alongside narrative point of view, past and present tense and an assessment of the story’s commercial viability.

Thirdly, this fiction edit will bear your target market in mind and advise on how you can improve upon this, in relation to publishing industry standards and expectations.

Moreover, honest and professional feedback can only be productive if an author is open to constructive criticism. This may well mean several revisions before your manuscript is ready for publication.

Additionally, you will also receive a complimentary critical overview that includes: an overview of structure, pace, plot and voice; an analysis of the main character constructions; a personalised reading list; a bullet point rewrite plan; advice on agent representation and creative writing exercises, specifically focused on how to improve your writing.

To conclude, developmental editing is extremely subjective, therefore different editors will have different styles and ways of working. The Comprehensive Editing Service will provide you with a personalised and collaborative experience that will ensure your novel is the best it can be.

The price is determined by the word count, and the editorial format used is Microsoft Word Tracking.

The standard book editing price is £13.50 per 1000 words.

The Comprehensive Edit

An in-depth line-by-line edit of the whole manuscript which will aim to highlight:
• Wording and phrasing in relation to narrative voice, POV, age and gender of the main protagonist and other characters, alongside the basic premise and plot.
• Dialogue authenticity: style, flow and tagging.
• Chapter Sequencing: pace and flow.
• Word repetition.
• Clichés and metaphor construction.
• Character Consistency.
• Told versus shown.
• Narrative Structure.
• Spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax.
This service also includes a complimentary detailed critical overview, which has proved to be invaluable for budding authors of all levels.

Client Comments

Shelley is a tremendously gifted editor. We first met at the Eve White Literary Agency and together worked on my YA novel Lovely me, Lovely You. It was runner-up in the 2011 Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction competition.

My second book, Adult psychological thriller Losing Juliet, was published in November 2016 by HarperCollins. I know for certain that I would never have got this deal if Shelley had not been involved in the editing. Her input was invaluable.

Working with her is a joy as she is able to read the author as well as the manuscript. She has a light but thorough touch which helps bring about significant improvement with each draft. (Yes there will be more than one!)

Through her influential PR skills and many connections, Shelley has also supported me in promoting Losing Juliet via social media. For example, she helped set up an interview with Liz Green on BBC Radio Leeds.

Her goal is to make you into the best writer you can be. She's lovely, but don't expect her to go easy on you!

June Taylor, Published Novelist, Losing Juliet

June Taylor Losing Juliet book

Want to start discussing your manuscript?

Have a manuscript you need support on? My goal is to help you transform your writing and achieve success. So, if you are looking for professional proofreading and editing services, get in touch today to start discussing your project.