Editorial, The Write Factor, Book Publishers, Devon

A question we are often asked is, “What exactly is editing?” It’s a good question and the following analogy goes some way to answering it: an experienced editor will transform your work from a rough diamond of a book into a polished gem.

If you take advantage of our editing services, we will ensure that your work is coherent, consistent and concise: we will tighten your copy so that it is factually and grammatically correct; we delete repetition, cut out any verbiage and restructure sentences that are clumsy or lacking in clarity.

If you are worried about the grammar or spelling in your work, or would like a professional eye cast over it to improve structure and flow, then get yourself a competent editor who will not only dot the ‘i’s and cross the ‘t’s but ensure that your work is improved beyond recognition.

Our editorial services fall into three categories:

Substantive editing

A substantive edit usually takes place after the first draft of a manuscript is complete. A substantive edit looks at all aspects of your work: from your writing style and authorial voice to the grammar and spelling. It picks-up on inconsistencies, inaccuracies, structural issues, potential pitfalls and loose ends. Your editor may query any aspect of your narrative or your assertions if it is felt this may create confusion for the reader. As the name suggests, this work can often be substantial and result in the author working with the editor to rewrite, improve and clarify certain sections of the book. Your work is likely to need a proofread after the substantive edit to ensure it is ready for publication.


This service works well for a manuscript that is at the final stages of the writing process and has often been through a second or third draft already. The copy-edit picks up on spelling, grammar and consistency issues. The editor may comment and feedback to the author on certain points, but this usually requires a brief clarification rather than a rewrite. A copy-edit results in a clean manuscript that is proofread and ready for next steps.


If you are confident that your book is coherent and concise – but suspect that there are a few errors in it – then a proofread may well be all you need. A proofread will correct spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, but does not comment on the content of the book (unless, of course, there are glaring errors or paragraphs missing). A proofread is highly recommended before either design or representation processes are undertaken.

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If you are interested in our Editorial services, please fill in the form – or if you prefer, please email us or phone us on 07470 366885 for a confidential chat.

Please note: our fees reflect the nature and complexity of each unique book project. Once we know more about your requirements, we will submit a ‘no obligation’ quote for your consideration.



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