I offer editing advice and support to writers and illustrators.

My services range from straightforward proof-reading to a detailed critique of your manuscript, substantive, and line editing.

I accept fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, including work written for children and teens.

Menu of Services for Fiction

Assessment of work, with written report: A general evaluation of the manuscript, identifying its strengths and weaknesses, and identifying areas that need to be developed.

Developmental/Substantive/Structural Editing: Clarifying or reorganising a manuscript for the plot (action and emotional) content and structure. Advising on premise and setting; character development; theme; pacing.

Does not include the following unless specified:

  • research
  • writing original material
  • editing illustrations

This stage of editing should ideally be carried out before the line editing begins. It normally takes between four to 12 weeks to complete this process, but, realistically, structural changes and revisions may be ongoing until the mss is put to bed.

Line Editing: Clarifying meaning and polishing language. We will focus on paragraph structure, sentence flow (syntax), word choice, and other language-related techniques.

Does not include the following unless specified:

  • checking or correcting reading level

Copy Editing: Editing for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style; checking for consistency of mechanics and for internal consistency of facts. Does not include the following unless specified:

  • editing index, or glossary
  • writing or editing captions
  • obtaining or listing permissions needed
  • providing cover copy
  • editing preface or foreword


Additional Services

In addition to editing, I offer advice and guidance in the following areas:

  • Layout, formatting and design
  • Printing and publishing
  • Agent sourcing
  • Marketing and publicity

Fees will depend on the exact nature and extent of the services rendered, the time spent delivering it, and the raw copy of the work.

For enquiries about editing of non-fiction manuscripts, please email oneredpencil@gmail.com.