Editing to unearth the treasure in your manuscript

Your book should be something you’re proud of! Whether your story is for your eyes only, you plan to self-publish, or dream of a traditional book deal, your words will be part of your legacy. It might even make you enough money to take your dream vacation or finally quit your day job.

But getting there can be a painful process. As Chuck Wendig said, “Every story has a different set of problems.” You might be struggling with structure, comma placement and passive voice, or maybe you’re wondering if your work is even good enough for publication.

That’s where a good editor—someone who understands story and respects your unique voice—comes in.

Writership is home to a team of skilled editors who want you to experience the sense of accomplishment that comes from seeing your book on the shelf. We offer developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, and a special White Glove Service. Below, we've outlined the services we provide. If you have questions not covered on this page, click here to get our FAQ.


Developmental Edit

Developmental editing, also called structural or content editing, is designed to check the bones of your book to make sure everything necessary is included and in the right place. The goal is to take your good story and make it great. For this service, we read the entire manuscript at least twice and provide a written critique with suggestions at the level of the entire book and individual chapters. This edit also includes two Skype calls with your editor.

What do I get?

Your developmental edit includes:

  • A 30-minute Skype or phone call prior to editing so your editor can understand your vision and unique voice;
  • A written critique that addresses what’s working and what could be improved at book and chapter levels;
  • A second 30-minute Skype or phone call after receiving your critique to ask your editor questions and brainstorm solutions to problems;
  • A PDF guide to implementing changes suggested by your editor; and
  • Recordings of both Skype calls.

What if I want more?

Some authors want a little more input, so we’re pleased to offer the following as optional add-on services to your developmental edit.

  • After you’ve made changes from your developmental edit feedback, your editor can read through the new version of the manuscript and provide a second written critique.
  • If your book is part of a series, your editor can provide a written review of your outlines for the other stories or books in the series.

Is developmental editing right for me?

If the following thoughts have crossed your mind, a developmental edit might be exactly what you and your story need.

  • “I don’t know if my story works. I don’t know if it’s good enough for publication.”
  • “I want the bones of my book to be strong. I want to create something I can be proud of.”
  • “I’m not sure my characters are likeable/interesting/realistic enough.”

If you’re still unsure, contact us now, and we can talk about the best options for making your story great.


Editing services from Writership

Copyedit

When copyediting, we aim for smoothness and clarity while carefully maintaining your voice and style. We also edit for grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling. The goal here is a great story well told. We read the entire manuscript and edit using Microsoft Word's track changes feature.

If you have used a developmental editing service, the copyedit comes after you’ve made any desired changes based on the developmental critique. (You don't want to polish what may be cut or added to.)

What do I get?

Your copyedit includes:

  • Inline edits with tracked changes and margin comments;
  • A Shipshape Memorandum discussing ideas to improve your writing; and
  • Shipwright's Guide PDF that will help you discover resources to further improve your manuscript.

What if I want more?

Some authors want a little more input, so we’re pleased to offer the following as optional add-on services to your copyedit.

  • Have your editor develop your very own Style Sheet, detailing unusual spellings, stylistic choices, and other key details that should be consistent throughout your work. This can be particularly useful if you write fantasy or science fiction stories!
  • Get greater guidance with a discussion of your Shipshape Memorandum, a document your editor prepares to offer advice on a deeper level so you can continue to develop your craft.

Is copyediting right for me?

If the following thoughts have crossed your mind, you might be ready for copyediting.

  • “I’m happy with my story, but I struggle with all the grammar and punctuation rules.”
  • “I like my characters and plot. Now I want to make sure my work is as good as traditionally published books.”
  • “I’ve finished making changes after my developmental edit. Now what?”

If you’re still unsure, contact us now, and we can talk about the best options for making your story great.


Editing services from Writership

Proofread

A proofread is where we check for typos in addition to grammar, usage,  punctuation, and spelling errors before the author sends the book for formatting or submission. The goal is a great story that is well told and error free (as much as is humanly possible). This is the final editing step to create a professional story you can be proud of.

What do I get?

Your proofread includes:

  • Inline edits with tracked changes and margin comments;
  • A Shipshape Memorandum discussing ideas to improve your writing; and
  • A Shipwright's Guide PDF that will help you discover resources to further improve your manuscript.

What if I want more?

Some authors want a little more input, so we’re pleased to offer the following as optional add-on services to your proofread.

  • Have your editor develop your very own Style Sheet, detailing unusual spellings, stylistic choices, and other key details that should be consistent throughout your work. This can be particularly useful if you write fantasy or science fiction stories!
  • Get greater guidance with a discussion of your Shipshape Memorandum, a document from your editor that will offer advice at a much deeper level so you can continue to develop your craft.

Is proofreading right for me?

If the following thoughts have crossed your mind, you might be ready for proofreading.

  • “I’ve worked hard on making my story great, and my prose flows well. Now I need to make sure my book is professional. I don’t want typos and small mistakes to ruin the reader's experience.”
  • “I’ve finished making changes after my copyedit. Now what?”

If you’re still unsure, contact us now, and we can talk about the best options for making your story great.


Editing services from Writership

Comprehensive Edit

A comprehensive edit includes developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. It’s a full service that will guide you through all the stages of editing to turn your good story into a great one that’s well told and error free (as much as is humanly possible). We build in time for you to make changes between each round of editing, and we help you produce a story you can be proud of.

Read through the developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading sections above for full details of what you’ll get in your Comprehensive Edit service.


White Glove Service

Do you know, in your gut, that your work deserves premium attention above and beyond what’s normally offered? Do you have needs that don’t fit neatly into one category? If so, then our custom White Glove Service might be the perfect solution for you.

What do I get?

Your White Glove Service includes:

  • Priority attention from Writership’s owner and executive editor, Leslie Watts; and
  • Custom-tailored service to fit your needs.

Is the White Glove Service right for me?

If the following thoughts have crossed your mind, we highly recommend you contact us to discuss your project.

  • “I’m ready to invest in my dream and want a partner to guide me through the process.”
  • “I don’t know exactly what my story needs, but I know I want premium service.”
  • “I need someone to help me take my ideas and make them into a solid story that works.”
  • “I have an idea for a series, but I don’t know how to break it into entertaining books.”

If you’re still unsure, contact us now, and we can talk about the best options for making your story great.


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