Present your compelling story at its best

Hire an objective editor and polish your writing

Do you often re-read the same chapter uncertain of language use, style or structure?
Do you wish you had the objectivity to see what's working for and against your story?
Hire an editor to polish your writing and fix inconsistencies. Enhance your writing to meet publishers' and readers' standards.

What are the stages in editing?

Each writer is at a different stage of their writing process and needs different editorial support.

Each of Now Novel's editing packages follow on from each other and we recommend progressing from manuscript assessment to proofreading.

HERE’S WHAT THE PROCESS LOOKS LIKE:

01: MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE
BEST FOR General feedback - an editor's overview of what works and what to improve
YOU GET A comprehensive, 10-page document
NEXT STEP Developmental editing
02: DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING
BEST FOR Detailed insights to improve your content and style
YOU GET A consultative process to produce a better story
NEXT STEP Copy editing
03: COPY EDITING
BEST FOR Improving language and style once you have your story's content
YOU GET A more readable, presentable draft
NEXT STEP Proofreading
04: PROOFREADING
BEST FOR Checking for small details of formatting and punctuation
YOU GET An error-free, publishable story
NEXT STEP Publishing
# 01: MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE 02: DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING 03: COPY EDITING 04: PROOFREADING
BEST FOR General feedback - an editor's overview of what works and what to improve Detailed insights to improve your content and style Improving language and style once you have your story's content Checking for small details of formatting and punctuation
YOU GET A comprehensive, 10-page document A consultative process to produce a better story A more readable, presentable draft An error-free, publishable story
NEXT STEP Developmental editing Copy editing Proofreading Publishing
 
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WHAT IS A MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE?

Your editor will read your story and provide you with a detailed report that will include:

  • Comments on the content of the manuscript, including but not necessarily limited to plot progression, characterisation, dialogue, and setting
  • An evaluation of the structure of the narrative and suggestions for improvement
  • The identification of major narrative issues, including plot inconsistencies or weaknesses
  • An appraisal of the manuscript’s marketabilitly, based on the intended audience and genre you identify
  • Detailed answers for up to three direct questions you pose
  • Advice on how to proceed with submission to traditional publishers or self-publishing

If you choose a manuscript critique and later decide that you would like to upgrade to a full developmental edit, the price of your critique will be deducted from the cost of the developmental edit.

Meet the editors:

Bridget McNulty - Now Novel co-founder and writing coach
Bridget McNulty
  • Editor
  • Features writer
  • Content strategist
  • Author of Strange Nervous Laughter (Struik/Macmillan)
Alyssa Hollingsworth - Now Novel writing code and editor
Alyssa Hollingsworth
  • MA in writing for Young People with Honours from Bath Spa
  • Author of The Eleventh Trade (Picadilly/Roaring Brook)
  • Next book in series due out 2020
Romy Somer - Now Novel Writing Coach and Editor
Romy Sommer
  • Author of five novels published by HarperCollins London, as well as 7 self-published titles
  • Founder and Chairperson of ROSA (Romance writers Organisation of South Africa)
  • First South African to be nominated for the prestigious RWA Rita® Award
Fiona Ingram - Now Novel Writing coach and editor
Fiona Ingram
  • Author and writing coach
  • Author of award-winning middle grade The Chronicles of the Stone adventure series
  • Writes Regency romances as Arabella Sheraton
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WHAT IS DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING?

The first and most important step in a detail-oriented editing process!

  • Also known as ‘substantive’, ‘content’ or ‘line’ editing
  • Your editor delves deeply into the mechanics of your story to identify problems and suggest potential solutions in detail
  • Your developmental editor will help you finesse plot development and fix continuity problems, characterisation, weak or unnatural dialogue, and other stylistic and structural issues
  • Comprehensive consultation with your editor who will help you with the content and style of your manuscript
  • It’s an in-depth and lengthy process, designed to help you to produce your best possible work
  • Culminates in advice on how to proceed with submission to traditional publishers or self-publish

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WHAT IS COPY EDITING?

Copy editing entails improving the mechanics of language and style in your writing, rather than story content

  • Smaller in scope than developmental editing
  • Addresses problems with grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Highlights any unclear or awkward dialogue and descriptions (in addition to grammar and punctuation)
  • Brings to attention any other stylistic inconsistencies

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WHAT IS PROOFREADING?

Final stage of editing and only occurs after the manuscript has been laid out by a typesetter and is ready to be published

  • It's the least intensive form of editing and thus usually the most affordable per word
  • Last step in the book editing process
  • Your proofreader will look for small errors that may have slipped through the previous editing stages
  • Before proofreading, all manuscripts need to be professionally edited by a developmental or copy editor to ensure larger errors or inconsistencies have already been addressed

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