editing for crime, thriller, mystery and suspense authors

Story editing package

The story editing package is for writers who have a final draft and are satisfied with the bigger-picture elements of their story, such as plot, structure and characterisation

Package price: £14–£18 per 1000 words (subject to seeing whole manuscript)  

What's included?

  • Full edit in Microsoft Word using track changes (line and copyediting)
  • Extensive editorial report, which uses examples from the text to highlight strengths and areas for improvement
  • Two copies of your edited story (one showing track changes and one with all changes accepted)
  • Style sheet
  • My guides to using track changes and shortcuts in Microsoft Word

Mini story editing package

The mini story editing package is for writers with a smaller budget, who have a final draft and are satisfied with the bigger-picture elements of their story, such as plot, structure and characterisation

First 10,000 words edited

Gives professional guidance to help writers self-edit the remainder of their story

Package price: £200 (subject to seeing the manuscript first)

What's included?

  • Edit of first 10,000 words in Microsoft Word using track changes (line and copyediting)
  • Editorial report, which uses examples from the text to highlight strengths and areas for improvement
  • Two copies of your edited story (one showing track changes and one with all changes accepted)
  • Style sheet
  • My guides to using track changes and shortcuts in Microsoft Word

 

What does editing cover?

I look at your story line by line, smoothing the flow and sense. Typically, this covers:

  • Point of view and head-hopping
  • Use of tenses
  • Repetition and redundancy
  • Showing and telling
  • Overwriting
  • Dialogue effectiveness
  • Character description
  • Consistency of character traits and identifying any obvious plot holes
  • Sentence length
  • Consistent style
  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Use of inclusive language

Sample edit

I am happy to provide a free sample edit. 

I ask to see the whole manuscript and will choose a short section from the text.

More kind words...

FRIENDLY AND APPROACHABLE

I am dyslexic so felt awkward about letting someone else see my work. I needn’t have worried as Clare is very friendly and approachable and put me at ease. Clare transformed my writing, but it still sounded like me!  This gave me the confidence to show my writing to others without worrying about typos and whether my words made sense. I thought editors were just used by traditional publishers!  Having someone like Clare that you can trust with your writing and who is actually interested in you and what you are doing is worth every penny.

Andrew Brown

 

 METICULOUS

Clare did a meticulous job in correcting all errors and raising queries as appropriate. Clare worked to some tight deadlines and the series is much improved as a result. I’d highly recommend Clare for proofreading and editing work.

David Stott, Project Manager, University of Law Publishing