A two-stage edit on your novel

The Full-Works Edit

The Full-Works Edit

A two-stage edit on your novel

A Full-Works Edit begins with an intensive Stage 1 structural analysis of your novel’s shape, pace, world-building, storyline and timeline. Once you’ve made any revisions arising, the text comes back for its line-by-line Stage 2 edit, which ensures that the language is clear, consistent, correct and expertly polished.

In a nutshell: The gold-standard edit that helps you craft your manuscript into a novel you can be proud of.

Best for: Giving you the confidence to publish your novel in the knowledge that you have made it the best it can be.

Bonus: 10 per cent cheaper than booking the Stage 1 and Stage 2 edits separately.

A Full-Works Edit begins with a Stage 1 structural edit, in which I ask:

  • Is the story convincing, engaging and enjoyable to read?
  • Does the first chapter draw in the reader as it should? Does the ending do what it needs to? Does the midsection keep the reader interested?
  • Does the plot hang together? Are there any plot holes? Are there passages that pall or sections that need developing?
  • Are the characters well rounded, credible and sufficiently distinctive?
  • Is point of view used consistently and appropriately for the story or is there unintended and distracting head-hopping?
  • Does the balance of dialogue and description feel right for the story and the genre?
  • Is there sufficient suspense, humour or emotional engagement?
  • Are the settings plausible, is the world-building detailed enough?
  • Has your vision for your book been realised? Does the novel do what you’ve told me you hoped it would? Will readers come away understanding and appreciating what you wanted to say?

A Full-Works Edit then moves on to a Stage 2 copy-edit, in which I will:

  • Correct spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax.
  • Make spellings, capitalisation, hyphenation and punctuation consistent throughout: for example, if the text has both ‘recognise’ and ‘recognize’ or ‘the Internet’ and ‘the internet’.
  • Ensure that dialogue is styled and punctuated correctly.
  • Highlight unintended inconsistencies in narrative voice, point of view and tenses.
  • Highlight unintended anomalies: for example, if your main character’s best friend has green eyes in Chapter 1 but brown eyes in Chapter 17.
  • Highlight obvious factual inaccuracies or timeline impossibilities: for example, if your villain drives from Edinburgh to London in an unfeasibly fast two and a half hours.
  • Highlight obvious plot holes: for example, if a character makes a major decision based on information they can’t possibly know yet.
  • Highlight unintended stylistic tics: for example, perhaps you’ve used the adjective ‘scary’ three times in a single page, or perhaps your two principal characters both ‘crack a smile’ rather too frequently.
  • Query phrasing that’s unclear, awkward, repetitive or clichéd.
  • Apply a set of basic Word styles to chapter headings and subheadings, first and subsequent paragraphs, dialogue and chapter breaks.

What you’ll get at Stage 1: 

  • Forensic analysis of the big-picture elements of your novel, including its structure, pace, plot, themes, message, characterisation, point of view, world-building, plausibility and tone.
  • Extensive editorial notes and in-manuscript annotations detailing the strengths and weaknesses of your novel.
  • Constructive advice on how you could address any problem areas.

What you’ll get at Stage 2:

  • A manuscript that’s been polished to a high professional standard so that its language is clear and elegant and a credit to your storytelling.
  • An edited file in which all the copy-edits have been made visible, using Word’s Track Changes facility, so that you can ‘accept’ or ‘reject’ each edit in turn should you choose to do so.
  • A set of Style Notes listing decisions on style conventions that have been applied consistently to the manuscript: for example, regarding hyphenation, or the use of italics or quotes for a character’s thoughts. These notes will be useful for your proofreader.
  • A Word List detailing spellings that are particular to your novel: for example, character names, place names and dialect words. This list will also help your proofreader.
  • A summary of basic Word styles applied to your manuscript: for example, styles distinguishing between a main heading and a subheading. This list will be helpful when it comes to formatting your novel for publication.

What you’ll come away with:

  • A novel that’s been intensively reviewed, redrafted and burnished under my continued guidance and in close collaboration with you so that it is now ready to be formatted, proofread and launched.

Price: 10 per cent cheaper than booking the Stage 1 and Stage 2 edits separately.

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From day one, Lucy understood what I was trying to achieve. She encouraged and inspired me, told me what I needed to know, answered my endless questions, raised the plot and characters to new levels, and helped me over the finish line.

Dominic Canty, author of Dead Men Should Know Better (comedy thriller)