The Four Types Of Fiction Editing I Offer and What They Consist Of

Liam J Cross

As a writer, it is your duty to not only study your craft, write as often as you can and learn how to create great fiction, but also to learn about the publishing industry too, and what goes on within that industry.

If you’re a write looking to become a published author one day, and plan on going the traditional route, you’re going to want to learn as much as you can about the process of publishing a book – who to contact, time frames to expect and what processes your manuscript goes through.

One of the biggest features of traditional publishing, and even self-publishing for that matter, is the editing process, and more specifically, making sure your manuscript is as polished as possible before submission.

The editing process doesn’t stop there though. Your book is then filtered through a whole rank of editors, usually employed or sourced from the publishing house who accept your book for publication, and it is finished off to near perfection before being sent into printing.

Each editor has their own rule within the team. They all carry out different types of editing at different stages of the process, each of them adding up to give the book its fullest, most complete edit.

It is advised to seek professional help before submitting to an agent or publisher, that’s where freelance editors are a godsend. Visit my contact page if you have any queries or inquiries. At the very least, your manuscript should be edited to the best of your ability before submission, and should be scanned by a number of beta readers and others who are willing to help you out.

For now though, let’s get into the types of editing that I offer and briefly cover what they entail.


Image result for proofreadingProofreading is essentially like putting the wax on the car before putting it into the car show – it’s the finishing touches; the final polish before it is put out there for all eyes to behold. A proofread is where an editor scans through your work, picking out and correcting any issues relating to spelling, punctuation and grammar. A proofreader’s role doesn’t usually stretch much further beyond these three things, meaning it is usually one of the final processes to occur in relation to your manuscript’s edit.

My Service:

Price: £5 per 1,000 words.

(This also applies to non-fiction projects.)

My proofreading service offers a full read-through of your work, making sure that everything is grammatically sound and spelled correctly, and I also ensure that any and all punctuation is properly placed and accurately used.

Content Editing

Image result for content editingA content edit is exactly what it says on the tin – an edit of your manuscript’s content. It’s essentially a case of read through it, read through it again, and then make a list of good and bad points, providing a detailed analysis on how those bad points could be improved and built upon.

Just think of a content-edit as an extra pair of eyes, someone to guide you through the crucial necessities when you find yourself emotionally attached to a certain section, unable to let go. Or so soul-drained you find yourself panting at the keyboard, unable to write even a single sentence more.

My Service:

The entire manuscript will be read at least twice and I will construct a report based on the content of it, covering what I deem to be relevant and irrelevant, as some  things aren’t always strictly relevant, and that’s where we as editors come in extra handy. In the report, I’ll also cover the structure of your book, highlight the good parts, tell you what I think of the quality of your writing, the strength of your plot, debate on the believability of your characters and also comment on anything I believe could be expanded or cut.

Line/Copy Editing

Image result for copy editingA line/copy edit is like having your very own linguistic, literary genius at your disposal. The art of these types of edit lies within a keen eye for detail and an almost impossible ability to spot errors that most people would almost always overlook. The purpose of a line/copy edit is to clear your manuscript of any errors that would turn a reader off and they are carried out to make your book as appealing as possible for those reading it.

My Service:

Price: £9 per 1,000 words.

This type of editing is slightly more in-depth than a simple spelling, punctuation and grammar check. As well as covering these aspects, if you choose a line or copy-editing package, I will also look closely at: voice consistency, clarity/flow and also the readability of your writing. This type of editing is done on a line-by-line basis and it includes a second revision following amendments.

Comprehensive Edit

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A comprehensive edit is what I refer to as the God of all editing packages, primarily because it doesn’t just focus on certain aspects of your manuscript, it focuses on all of them. If there’s an issue in your manuscript, no matter how big or small, a comprehensive edit will scope it out and put it right. If you opt for this type of edit with any editor, prepare to have the manuscript of your dreams.

My Service:

Price: £15 per 1,000 words.

This is a blend of a content edit and a line/copy edit.

A comprehensive edit is a totally in-depth, line-by-line, scene-by-scene editing service covering: character and plot development, showing and telling, structure, plot-holes, pacing, timeline inconsistencies, tense consistency, fact checking, voice – in essence, a full content-edit addresses every possible issue that could exist within a piece of fiction. This editing package comes with a second revision following amendments and a final proofread upon request.

That Pretty Much Covers It

If you’re looking to get your hands on an edit, or even if you just want to ask me any further questions, please get in touch via my contact page. I’m currently running a 15% discount on all services too, so make sure to get in on the action whilst that lasts.

I hope this little run-through was helpful, and I wish you great success in your writing journey. Happy writing folks!

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