This service is designed for short novels or the opening 10,000 words of a manuscript.
This service includes an assessment of:
- The wording and phrasing in relation to the narrative voice, POV, age and gender of the main protagonist and other characters.
- Dialogue authenticity: style, flow and tagging.
- Chapter sequencing: pace and flow.
- Word repetition.
- Possible cliches and metaphor construction.
- Character consistency.
- Told Versus shown.
- Spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax.
- A detailed critique of your sample.
I was referred to Shelley by a literary agent who felt that my book needed further editing. I’d used literary agencies in the past, with mixed experiences, but Shelley seemed to offer something different – a truly personal service, rather than a fairly anonymous book report with little back-up. Not to mention an expertise in children’s and YA literature that is second to none.
Shelley was amazingly prompt. Within a week of sending off my manuscript, she returned a comprehensive set of notes, with both an overview of the book, its strengths and weaknesses, as well as suggestions for improvement. In addition, her line-by-line analysis of my prose helped me to identify habits and quirks I needed to attend to, as well as drawing attention to where I could further strengthen the narrative and characterization.
But above and beyond her skills as an editor and YA lit doctor, Shelley offered a level of emotional support that proved invaluable. At a point when I was ready to abandon my book completely, unable to see a way forward, Shelley’s resolute ‘kick up the backside’ was just what I needed. Her faith in the book motivated me to move past the obstacles I’d set up in my head and forge ahead. The revision did not actually prove as difficult as I feared, and undoubtedly made the book a lot stronger – when I resubmitted it to agents, I was lucky enough to gain considerable interest.
Emma Haughton, Published Novelist, Now you See Me
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.