Editing

Your Writing, Turbocharged

Before you send your manuscript out to agents. Before you start looking for publishers. Get a manuscript assessment or full edit to ensure your book is polished and ready.

Your writing deserves an editor who cares

Investing in working with an editor can give you the best chance of securing a readership, agent, and/or publisher.

I offer a thorough, professional, artistic and commercial editing service to help you make your work the best it can be. I love diving into words and stories, immersing myself in your characters and settings, and helping you turbocharge the reading experience.

Whatever your work, I can work with it. I’ve edited literary fiction, sci-fi, southern-gothic horror, young adult, non-fiction, short stories, novellas, and much more.

‘I trust Sam. My writing is…let’s say a bit odd. But he hasn’t tried to push me into the standard format – he knows what my writing is, what I want it to be, and how to make it better.’

JM Burgoyne

Editing Packages

I offer three packages, to help you get the support you need.

Feedback
and Advice

I read your manuscript and offer a 1 page report on your work, including suggestions of areas to develop.
Prices from £75.

Manuscript Assessment

I read your work and write a comprehensive 3-6 page report on your work, including areas of strength and areas to work on, sources of further development, and commercial potential of the work.
Prices from £250

Comprehensive Line-by-Line Edit

A complete manuscript assessment which includes a line-by-line mark-up of your manuscript, copy edit, and a comprehensive 3-6 page report on all areas of development.
Prices from £400

I recognise that no two works are alike, so everything I offer can be personalised to suit you and your manuscript.

Contact me today for a bespoke quote or to discuss your needs.

‘Sam is an editor with a clear vision, who is able to communicate that vision with sensitivity: coaxing without coercion, persuading without pressure. I count myself very fortunate to have had Sam as my editor.’

Sarah Passingham, author Push: My Father, Polio, and Me

‘I’d lost confidence in my manuscript. Sam provided a detailed and insightful assessment of the structure, themes and characters. He also understood the story I was trying to write and offered a clear vision for how I could better tell that story. His report contained honest yet sensitive suggestions and the mark-up was thorough and eagle-eyed!’

Jess Morgan, singer and writer

‘Editing my first novel was a daunting task, made immeasurably easier by Sam’s precise and practical insight and advice. The book has undoubtedly been improved by his contributions.’

Simon K Jones, author of A Day of Faces, and The Mechanical Crown

‘Sam is an encouraging and enthusiastic editor who enabled me to see my work more objectively and to take bigger bolder steps in honing the story.’

Amanthi Harris, author of Lantern Evening and Beautiful Place

Further Information

All submissions for editing should be sent in MS Word, and formatted to 12pt font, double spaced lines. Line-by-line editing can only be done on an electronic copy.

I request a sample 2 pages before agreeing to any editing job. This ensures that I am able to give you the support that you need.

Before I start, I ask you four key questions to ensure that I am editing to your aims and ambitions for the work, rather than my own agenda.

  • How would you describe this work in 100 words?
  • What is most important to you in this work? (this might be the prose rhythm and flow, or characterisation, or themes, or something else entirely. Inevitably a combination of these is going to be important to you, but knowing which is the key will help me help you focus on that at the heart of your work)
  • What are you pleased with in the work so far?
  • What would you like to be working better? (have you tried to work on this already? If so, what have you done?)

I may take up to 6 weeks to complete your edit.

Other freelance editors to consider

Lynn Curtis – www.lynncurtis.co.uk
Nikki Dudley – www.nikkidudleywriter.com
Donna Hillyer – www.donnahillyer.com
Clare Law – www.clarelaweditorial.co.uk
Jenni Obidike – www.letmereadforyou.com
Nicola O’Shea – www.nicolaoshea.com
Anna Proofing – www.annaproofing.co.uk
Richard Sheehan – www.richardmsheehan.co.uk
Sara Starbuck – www.sarastarbuck.co.uk
The Riff-Raff – www.the-riffraff.com

Prices

All my pricing is bespoke based on word count and your own needs.

VOUCHERS

I am aware that hiring an editor is expensive. You can spread the cost by asking family and friends for a voucher from Your Writing Launchpad. Vouchers are available for any amount, and can be used against any of my services.

DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE

Refer a friend to Your Writing Launchpad and, if they take out any service, you will each receive 10% discount off all services for one year.

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