editing for crime, thriller, mystery and suspense authors

Line-editing package

The line-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: from £25 per 1,000 words (subject to seeing whole manuscript) 

My rates are in line with the minimum hourly rates suggested by the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP).

 

What does line editing cover?

Line editing delves deep into your words to enhance the readability of your story. This is for authors who want to give their readers a more immersive experience. I look at your story line by line, smoothing the flow and sense.

  • Point of view and head-hopping
  • Showing and telling
  • Overwriting
  • Filter words
  • Action beats
  • Dialogue/thoughts effectiveness, including formatting, suitability of dialogue tags and accents/dialects
  • Character description and consistency of character traits
  • Adverb use
  • Cliches and metaphors
  • Sentence length
  • Stage direction
  • Hesitant language
  • Chapter endings
  • Consistent use of tenses
  • Repetition, redundancy and clarity
  • Consistent style in spelling, capital letters, numbers and dates
  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling errors
  • Use of conscious language
  • Query obvious plot holes, factual inaccuracies and inconsistencies
  • Applying MS Word styles

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

Mini line editing package

The mini line 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: £400 (subject to seeing whole manuscript)

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

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