Children’s Book Editing: use our editors to boost your chances – Jericho Writers
Jericho Writers
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CHILDREN’S MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT

From £395
Give your children’s manuscript the best chance of succeeding with detailed editorial feedback from a professional book editor.
2-4 WEEK TURNAROUND TIME

Get expert feedback on your manuscript

The Children’s Manuscript Assessment will give you a report with structured editorial feedback on your entire manuscript. Perfect for authors of children’s fiction who have completed their book, whether a chapter book, middle-grade, or young adult. Your editor will advise you on how to craft your work into shape and give you insight into the marketability of your novel.

Our exceptionally strong team of children’s book editors includes writers who have won or been shortlisted for some of the most significant children’s book awards.

Could you be our next success story?

We’ve helped hundreds of writers like you get published. Many of our clients have gone on to win prizes, become bestsellers, get film deals, achieve huge global sales, and more. Now it’s your turn.

What’s included?

Whether you choose the express or regular service, you’ll receive:

Actionable feedback on your manuscript

An expert editor will assess your children’s manuscript, providing feedback and advice on style, structure, pacing, characterisation, and more.

Advice on commercial potential

Your expert editor will assess the commercial viability of your work, ultimately empowering you with the knowledge you need to give your book the best possible chance of success.

Support tackling next steps

The children’s manuscript assessment will cover what you’re doing well and what needs addressing. Your book editor will give you clear steps to follow to resolve problem areas, with examples.

Detailed editorial report

For full manuscript assessments, editorial reports are usually around 3500 words but can range from 2500 to 4000 words depending on the length of the manuscript.

Discussion with your editor

After you receive your children’s manuscript assessment, you’ll have the opportunity to clarify anything you’re unsure of with your editor via email before you begin polishing your work.

Need more support?

If you’d like to continue to work with your editor after you have received your editorial report, you can book one-on-one mentoring.

Why choose us?

There are lots of companies promising you the dream of getting your book published. We value ourselves on only ever selling you a service that we think will benefit you. Not sure if this one is right for you? Give us a call, we’d love to hear from you. If we don’t think this service is right for you, we’ll tell you – honestly. This is one of the many values we hold that have helped us run Jericho Writers successfully for over 20 years.

Jericho Writers Children’s Manuscript Editing Service

What’s included in our manuscript assessment service?

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Feedback on entire manuscript
Feedback on commercial potential
Detailed editorial report
3,500 word editorial report
2,000 word report
Work with a professional book editor
Opportunity to ask follow-up questions directly with editor?
Opportunity to book additional mentoring session/s with your editor
Discount available for second reads
10% for returning customers
5% for returning customers

Want to see exactly what you’ll receive from an editor?

Read through a sample report from a recent manuscript assessment to understand exactly what level of feedback you’ll receive from a book editor.

GET FEEDBACK TO IMPROVE YOUR WORK IN AS LITTLE AS TWO WEEKS

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£395.00

Children’s Manuscript Assessment

Get a 3,500* word editorial report on your entire manuscript
Receive actionable feedback that will elevate your work
Discuss your report with your editor over email
Receive your report in four weeks
Please note, during busy periods turnaround times may be extended
Premium Members enjoy 10% off
£489.00

Express Children’s Manuscript Assessment

Want to get to work improving your writing as soon as possible?
Our express service gives you everything in a normal Children’s Manuscript Assessment, but quicker
Receive your report in two weeks
Discuss your report with your editor over email
Premium Members enjoy 10% off

Want a more in-depth report? Developmental editing may be for you

Perfect for writers with a finished early draft, the Manuscript Editing Service provides broad yet insightful feedback on all major areas of your manuscript. For writers with more polished drafts, we usually recommend our Developmental Editing Service which goes one step further in providing in-text commentary and further follow-up support.

Children’s Manuscript Editing Service

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Developmental Editing Service

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Price
From £395
From £473
Premium Member discount available
Suitable for first drafts
Suitable for later drafts
Full editorial report
In-text comments
Work with a professional book editor
Opportunity to ask follow-up questions directly with editor?
Short email exchange
Email exchange equivalent to 1 hour
Opportunity to book additional mentoring session/s with your editor
Turnaround time
2-4 weeks
6 weeks

Need more info before you decide?

Deciding the next best step for your manuscript is hard, but we’re on hand to help. Book a call with our Writer Support team to discuss your needs and we’ll help you find the best option.

Our Book Editors

Request your dream editor or let our team match you with the editor best suited to your work. We’ve hand-selected our team of expert book editors over the last 20 years, including specialists across trade fiction and non-fiction. Here you’ll find traditionally published authors as well as publishing professionals such as literary agents and editors with Big 5 publisher experience.

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Abby Davies

Abby Davies

Editor

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  • Books
  • Genres
  • Awards

Abby Davies is the author of Mother Loves Me (2020) and The Cult (2021), both published by HarperCollins, and Arrietty (2023) by Apple Loft Press.

Abby has an incredible eye for pace and tension, both on a sentence-by-sentence level and across the entirety of your manuscript. She’ll tease out what needs to be done to make a manuscript work, whilst telling you what you’re already doing well.

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  • Thriller
  • Crime
  • Action
  • Women’s fiction
  • Young Adult
  • Mother Loves Me was shortlisted for Mslexia Novel Competition 2018
Claire Gillman

Claire Gillman

Editor

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  • Genres

Claire is an experienced journalist, writer and editor. She has been coaching and mentoring writers for nearly 15 years.

Claire has written 30 non-fiction books for adults and creative non-fiction titles for children, some under the pen-name, Rory Storm. Among her titles are three books in the Hodder Teach Yourself series on how to get published and how to make money from freelance writing. She has coached authors for top publishing houses and has also run writers’ workshops, always with the emphasis on fun, style and discovering your inner creativity.

  • Memoir / autobiography
  • Biography
  • Mind/Body/Spirit
  • Travel
  • Parenting
  • Natural health writing
  • Other narrative non-fiction
  • Creative non-fiction
Clare Coombes

Clare Coombes

Editor / Literary Agent

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  • Books
  • Genres

Clare Coombes is an author, editor and literary agent with over 15 years’ experience of writing and editing professionally. She is a co-founder of the first Liverpool-based literary agency. Clare is a published author of two novels, Definitions (2015) and We Are of Dust (2018).

Her experience spans the breadth of editorial services and includes work across a variety of forms including full fiction manuscripts, anthologies, non-fiction proposals and pitches for film and TV.

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  • Historical fiction
  • Women’s fiction
  • Crime/Thriller/Action
  • Contemporary
  • Literary (including Book Club)
  • Romance
  • Memoir / Autobiography
  • Other narrative non-fiction
  • Subject-led non-fiction
Jon Curzon

Jon Curzon

Editor / Literary Agent

  • Bio
  • Genres

Jon Curzon is a literary agent at Artellus Ltd., where he represents writers across fiction and non-fiction. Client’s he has represented have been published in the UK, US, Germany, France, India, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Greece.

In addition to his agenting work, Jon has also worked as a freelance editor for literary consultancies and creative writing courses since 2015. His perspective as an agent allows him to precisely identify what’s working in your manuscript and what needs tweaking in order to take your work to the next level.

  • Contemporary
  • Literary (including Book Club)
  • Comic/Satire
  • Short stories / Novellas
  • Memoir / Autobiography
  • Other narrative non-fiction
Lesley McDowell

Lesley McDowell

Editor

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  • Genres

Lesley is the author of fiction and non-fiction as well as short stories and was a literary critic for major newspapers. She is the recipient of three Creative Scotland awards, a Society of Authors grant, and was Writer in Residence at Gladstone’s Library in 2014. She has been a judge for several literary awards, and chairs regularly at book festivals.

Lesley’s knowledge of the market and publishing as a business shines in every report she does, as does her enthusiasm for the art of storytelling.

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  • Contemporary
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Literary (including Book Club)
  • Crime/Thriller/Action
  • Paranormal
  • Memoir/Autobiography
  • Other narrative non-fiction
Dexter Petley

Dexter Petley

Editor

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  • Books
  • Genres

Dexter Petley is an experienced editor, acclaimed literary novelist, memoirist and translator. As a long serving editor with Jericho Writers, (since 2005) many of Dexter’s clients have achieved considerable success in finding agents and publishers.

Dexter does not shy away from complex themes or influences. His expertise spans entire genres, from commercial book club to war fiction. He takes everything in his stride, turning his fastidious, but fair, eye to anything at hand – making you a better writer for it.

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  • Contemporary
  • Literary (Including ‘bookclub’)
  • Crime/Thriller/Action
  • Historical fiction
  • Women’s fiction
  • Comic/satire
  • Young Adult
  • Short Stories & novellas
  • Memoir/autobiography
  • Other Narrative Non-fiction
  • Subject-led Non-fiction
Holly Seddon

Holly Seddon

Editor/Mentor/Tutor

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  • Books
  • Genres

Holly is an international bestselling author with six published novels to date. She is also a mentor and tutor on our Ultimate Novel Writing Course.

Holly is endlessly supportive and encouraging of every writer we send her way. We love her concise and on-point editorial style.

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  • Contemporary
  • Literary (Including ‘bookclub’)
  • Crime/Thriller/Action
  • Women’s fiction
  • Short Stories & novellas
  • Plays and screen scripts
Helen Lane

Helen Lane

Editor / Literary Agent

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  • Genres

As an agent, Helen is very hands on developmentally, and works with her clients to perfect their manuscripts before submission, encouraging her authors to push their writing to new levels. Before becoming an agent, she spent years producing developmental edit reports for the agents she interned under. Her strengths lie particularly in identifying plot holes and pacing, world building, and character development.

  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Paranormal
  • Young Adult
Russel McLean

Russel McLean

Editor

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  • Books
  • Genres

A former bookseller, Russel McLean is an author, editor, and teacher. He has worked for publishers of various sizes as a developmental editor, including work on one book that was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for best Scottish Crime Fiction at the Bloody Scotland Festival. He has also run masterclasses in fiction writing for festivals, universities and creative writing groups, as well as advising MLitt students on the fiction element of their dissertations for the University of Dundee’s crime writing and forensics course.

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  • Crime/Thriller/Action
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Comic/satire
  • Paranormal
  • Short Stories & novellas
Philip Womack

Philip Womack

Editor/Tutor

  • Bio
  • Books
  • Genres

Philip is the author of The Other Book and The Liberators (Bloomsbury). The Liberators was a Children’s Book of the Year for 2010. He teaches Creative Writing to BA and MA students at London University, and has been a literary critic for nearly twenty years, as well as a freelance journalist for a variety of national newspapers and magazines.

Philip is known for his honest and well-informed editorial reports – particularly those he does for children’s authors and sci-fi and fantasy writers. Philip is also a Tutor on our Ultimate Novel Writing Course.

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  • Contemporary
  • Literary (Including ‘bookclub’)
  • Crime/Thriller/Action
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Comic/satire
  • Paranormal
  • Short Stories & novellas
  • Children’s
  • Young Adult
  • Memoir/autobiography
  • Other Narrative Non-fiction
Cecile Shanahan

Cecile Shanahan

Editor

  • Bio
  • Genres

Cecile Shanahan is an experienced editor and proofreader who adores helping writers to make their words shine. She has a special interest in children’s and young adult literature and educational publishing, but often works on general fiction and non-fiction titles too.

Since joining Jericho Writers she has assisted more than 20 authors to progress their writing projects through agent submission pack assessments, manuscript assessments, developmental edits, copy edits, line edits, proofreading and post-editorial support.

  • Contemporary
  • Literary (Including ‘bookclub’)
  • Crime / Thriller / Action
  • Women’s
  • Picture books
  • Children’s
  • Young Adult
  • Subject-led Non-fiction
Deirdre Power

Deirdre Power

Editor

  • Bio
  • Genres

Deirdre began her publishing career in a literary agency, working with children’s authors ranging from Tom Fletcher and David Farr to debut novelists and upcoming new authors. Since then, she has gone on to work in children’s editorial at major publishing houses, working across everything from picture books to YA.

Deirdre brings a keen editorial eye and in-depth knowledge of the market, and spends more time reading children’s fiction than anything else.

  • Picture books
  • Children’s
  • Young Adult
  • Other Narrative Non-fiction
Naomi Jones

Naomi Jones

Editor

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  • Books
  • Genres

Naomi has over eight years’ experience working in children’s publishing. She began her career at Puffin (Penguin Random House) before moving to Orion and then Hachette Children’s Group. Her previous experience as a Rights Manager brings invaluable insight into maximising a book’s sales potential and she has worked closely with both UK and international editors to develop a good knowledge of global publishing markets and trends.

Naomi has a BA (Hons) in English Studies from the University of Nottingham and is a keen reader and writer. Naomi has been working as a freelance editor and mentor helping other children’s writers to develop their manuscripts and craft for over four years.

 

 

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  • Picture books
  • Children’s
  • Young Adult
Pippa Goodhart

Pippa Goodhart

Editor

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  • Books
  • Genres

Pippa began her children’s book career as a bookseller and advisor to publishers before beginning to write books herself. She’s had over a hundred titles published, some of them award-winning.

For the last quarter century, Pippa has combined writing her own books with teaching and critiquing to develop writing for children skills in others.

To date, Pippa has had over 140 picture books, early readers, and MG novels published.

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  • Picture books
  • Children’s
Victoria Lee

Victoria Lee

Editor

  • Bio
  • Genres

Victoria’s wide experience of writing and editing includes children’s picture books through to teen fiction, education and teachers’ books, academic writing, and general fiction and non-fiction. She has worked for publishing houses, universities and individuals. She advises and mentors authors, sometimes over many years.  Children’s books, especially picture books, remain her passion.

Even though her editing background is in traditional publishing, Victoria is very interested in the self-publishing route as it provides opportunities to ‘do things differently’. She is also keen on writing for the pure joy of it.

  • Picture books
  • Children’s
  • Young Adult
Teresa Heapy

Teresa Heapy

Editor

  • Bio
  • Books
  • Genres

Teresa has worked in children’s publishing for 27 years. She’s an editor and an award-winning author, with 11 picture books and 80 educational books published.

Teresa worked in-house as a Commissioning Editor for Heinemann and Oxford University Press before going freelance, and now combines editorial work with writing picture books and books for young readers.

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  • Picture books
  • Children’s
  • Children’s Non-Fiction
Vee Walker

Vee Walker

Editor

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  • Books
  • Genres

Love of family history was the start point for Vee Walker’s unique début novel Major Tom’s War (Kashi House), which evolved from a narrative non-fiction account of an unlikely WWI courtship into gripping historical fiction.

Vee writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her novels are so closely based on archive material that they can be used as academic source texts.

Vee honed her writing/editing skills as a heritage consultant for 20+ years, working with museums and natural/cultural/historic sites throughout the UK. Her poetry and descriptive writing can be found within unusual interpretive installations on mountains, in forests and along the coast.

 

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  • Contemporary
  • Literary (Including ‘bookclub’)
  • Women’s
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Short Stories & novellas
  • Comic/satire
  • Picture books
  • Children’s
  • Memoir/autobiography
  • Other Narrative Non-fiction
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Don’t take just our word for it…

We’ve been helping writers achieve their goals for over 20 years. Here’s what some of them had to say about our editorial services:

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I’ve just received my manuscript after a very detailed line edit and am thrilled with the results! I’ve made use of Jericho’s fine services before for various manuscript assessments and I’m always advised (in the nicest way) that I require a professional editor and thanks to Jericho I’ve found one! And it was so easy.

Karen M

Karen M

Line-Editing customer

I’m so glad I found Jericho Writers. I had been looking for developmental editing on my manuscript and found the very, very best.

Claire W

Claire W

Developmental Editing customer

The critique I received from Jericho Writers was instrumental in my eventual offer of representation. The feedback lit a spark of ideas in me that meant I was able to overhaul the whole book in the right way to get an agent’s attention. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Charlotte O

Charlotte O

Manuscript Assessment customer

I couldn’t be more delighted with the results. My editor gave me so many amazing suggestions and some much needed

Allison M

Allison M

Manuscript Assessment customer

I’ve received my copy edited novel back from Martin Ouvry and I’m really pleased with it. He has done a fabulous job.

Hazel S

Hazel S

Copy-Editing customer

I just had my book copy edited and couldn’t be happier! Julie was amazing.

Adam M

Adam M

Copy-Editing customer

I was very impressed with the standard and attention-to-detail [Martin] provided and found going through his edits very helpful. I’ve been delighted with the effect his suggested word changes made to the impact of my sentences.

Nicole S

Nicole S

Line-Editing customer

You kindly gave me some excellent feedback on the initial stages of my novel. Well, it’s “finished”, and I have been fortunate to have it shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Foundation Award for Adventure novel of the year (unpublished).

Richard F

Richard F

Opening Section Review customer

Your comments on the random points of view in my opening paragraph left me stunned! I take all your advice gratefully, and all of the technical points like POV, tense, dialogue, etc., went straight on the to do list.

Steve K

Steve K

Opening Section Review customer

Thank you again for your encouragement and many brilliant suggestions for my Cuba novel. I found them very perceptive and incorporated them into another draft.

Marion D

Marion D

Opening Section Review customer

Thank you so much for thorough feedback, kind words and encouragement. It means a lot. I found your report very clear and it sparked many ideas

Aman K

Aman K

Editorial customer

I remain impressed by both the quality and the quantity of Liz’s work. Apart from the overall comments, she goes into such great detail, character by character, chapter by chapter, missing nothing.

Carmella A

Carmella A

Editorial customer

I was also blown away with your encouragement and thoughtfulness. You have given me excellent advice on how to focus on not only the query and synopsis, but also the plot. I encourage other writers to use your service.

Milo P

Milo P

Agent Submission Pack Review customer

Thank you for your perceptive and incisive report. I’ve been desperate for help like this and so much wish that I had found Jericho Writers a few years ago.

Richard F

Richard F

Editorial customer

Pippa’s very clear report was full of encouraging, knowledgeable advice on how to improve the reader experience of the picture-book texts I sent her. Also, because I’m a newcomer to the world of children’s publishing, she filled me in on what the market is like at the moment.

Alison L

Alison L

Picture Book Assessment customer

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Frequently asked
questions

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Do I need to be based in the UK for this service?

Not at all, our editorial services are delivered online and are suitable for writers from all around the world.

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How do I submit my manuscript?

Do you have manuscript or screenplay in need of a professional set of eyes? Here are the steps to follow to submit your manuscript for our professional editing service:
1) Select your word count in the box above.
2) Click on “Add to basket”
3) Once you’ve made your payment, you’ll be sent an email with a link to upload your manuscript.

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How should I format my manuscript?

Please only upload Word documents via the online submission form. Don’t forget to number your pages and double space your lines, and use an easy-to-read font like Times New Roman 12. Editors would prefer if you could also indent your paragraphs and use page breaks throughout the manuscript.

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Should I include my illustrations (picture books only)?

You’re more than welcome to include your illustrations when you submit your picture book(s) so your editor can have a look. Don’t have any illustrations? Don’t worry, this isn’t essential and in fact if you’re thinking of publishing traditionally, publishing houses will often provide their own illustrator.

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How long will it take to match my manuscript with an editor?

We aim to match you with the right editor within 2-4 days. We’ll get back to you as soon as the choice has been confirmed.

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How do you choose the editor?

We match manuscripts based on over 20 years of experience working with our editors. We consider editor experience, their genres of interest, and whether they themselves feel they are the right fit for your work. As all our editors are freelance, this depends on availability.  

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Can I choose my editor?

If you have a particular editor in mind, we will of course do our best to match you with them. We cannot guarantee this, however, as all of our editors are freelance and there are times when they are unavailable due to demand and/or other commitments.

Once you have placed your order, you’re welcome to send a shortlist of 4-5 editors from our website (and we’ll do our best to place you with your preferred editors).

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Is there a discount for resubmitting the same manuscript for a second read?

Yes. You’re entitled to a 10% discount if you’re submitting the same manuscript again for a full manuscript assessment. To get the coupon code you need, just get in touch!

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What if my book is good enough? Will you help me find an agent?

On some occasions, an editor will flag a manuscript as submission ready. When this happens, a member of the Jericho Writers team will look at the author’s agent submission pack and provide some free advice on it, plus access to AgentMatch. On some occasions, where the manuscript shows real promise, we’ll also approach agents on the author’s behalf.

It’s worth noting however, that this service is reserved for manuscripts which editors believe have strong commercial potential and are of a very high quality. Please don’t be disappointed if yours isn’t selected – most manuscripts require quite a few rewrites before reaching submission standard!

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Which editorial service is right for me?

We offer quite a few editorial services, so you’re right to take the time to consider all of your options. The writing process is a long one, so whether it’s line editing or copy-editing, or something on a larger scale, like a manuscript evaluation or developmental edit, we have the service for you. You can take a look at all of our editorial services here. You might also like to read our article explaining all the different types of editorial services. If you’re still not sure, feel free to get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to offer more advice.

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What is manuscript editing? 

Manuscript editing refers to the process of receiving comprehensive, structural feedback on your entire manuscript. This professional editing includes feedback on things like structure, pacing, writing style, characterisation, and marketability. It’s helpful whether you’re looking to self-publish, or whether you’re planning on querying literary agents and becoming traditionally published.

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Can manuscripts of any genre be submitted?

We offer manuscript assessments for manuscripts of all writing styles and genres, including children’s fiction and non-fiction. We will ensure that you’re matched with a manuscript editor who has experience with your chosen genre. For picture books, consider our Picture Book Assessment service. This service is not suitable for academic texts.

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How do you professionally edit a manuscript?

A manuscript that’s edited by a professional editor will often go through several rounds of edits. The big picture types of editing (developmental edits, structural edits etc) will often be used in the early stages of a manuscript’s development, while other types of editing that focus on the more minute, sentence level details (copy-editing, proofreading etc) are used once a manuscript gets closer to completion and/or publication. Our manuscript editors have lots of experience working in the publishing industry, and they’ll work with you to enhance your manuscript. 

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How long does it take to receive my editorial report?

For standard editorial reports, our team expect to deliver your editorial report around three to four weeks after receiving your manuscript. Express reports can be delivered in up to two weeks.

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Will I be able to discuss my report with my editor?

Following your editorial report, there will be an opportunity to check in with your editor via email. At this stage, you are welcome to ask a few follow-up questions regarding your editorial report. If you’d like to continue working with your editor on your manuscript, you could book one-to-one mentoring. These are flexible, online sessions that can be tailored to your needs. Find out more about Mentoring here or get in touch with our Writer Support team.