Our Copy-Editing Service
Copy-editing is the process of going through your manuscript to eliminate sentence errors such as spelling mistakes, punctuation and typos. This extends to ensuring consistency in the document, checking facts and clarity of the sentences. Our copy-editors also ensure that your material is well-organised and properly presented. This service is suitable for self-publishers; those writing in a second language; and writers wanting to polish their manuscript prior to submitting to an agent.
Choose between standard and express service
Please note, during busy periods turnaround times may be extended.
How does it work?
Compare our Copy-Editing Services
We offer three services for text correction. Use this table to determine which is the right service for you.
Our Copy Editors and Proofreaders
Our editors specialise in trade fiction and non-fiction texts. They include traditionally published authors as well as publishing professionals such as literary agents and Big 5 publishers. Find out more about our editors, here.
Book your copy-edit today
Eliminate errors from your manuscript with the help of a professional copy-editor.
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.
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.
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).
Will my manuscript be flawless?
Probably not. Whilst our text-correction editors always aim for a total elimination of errors, a realistic outcome is that your text will be very clean, but not perfect. In our experience, this standard will be easily sufficient for self-publishing or submission to traditional outlets. Traditionally published books will often go through several rounds of text correction and therefore we recommend that authors planning to self-publish consider doing the same. Our line-editing, copy-editing, and proofreading services are conducted at a high level, but perfection in this area is not realistically attainable. Many published books feature minor typos.
What if my work needs more attention than the service-level I’ve paid?
In that situation, we’ll tell you. We’re here to make your work better, and we’ll be candid and truthful about what we think you need.
Will my copy-editor respect my own personal style and voice?
Yes. That’s very important to us. As writers ourselves, we know that we can’t just impose a house style on your prose and expect that to be okay.
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 assessment 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.
Need some extra help?
Get in touch with our Writers Support team who will be happy to help!