A two-stage edit on your travel manuscript

The Full-Works Edit

The Full-Works Edit

A two-stage edit on your travel manuscript

A Full-Works Edit begins with a Stage 1 structural analysis of your travel book’s shape, pace, setting, 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 book you can be proud of.

Best for: Giving you the confidence to publish your travel book 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:

  • What tools can we use to make this travel story read less like a journal and more like a book for the general public?
  • Does the structure work well? Would it be more interesting to organise your material by themes rather than as a chronological account of a journey?
  • Does the book start in the right place? Does the ending provide a satisfactory conclusion?
  • Does each chapter hold the reader’s interest? Is there the right amount of detail, are there information gaps to fill or banalities that could be pruned?
  • Are your descriptions of places and people vivid and specific enough for the reader to properly picture and enjoy them? 
  • Is there the right amount of geographical, cultural and historical background and has this been woven in smoothly and organically? 
  • Does the book need a map?
  • Has your vision for your book been realised? Does it achieve 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 ‘Beijing’ and ‘Peking’ or ‘bus stop’ and ‘bus-stop’.
  • Check spellings of foreign place names.
  • Make sure that measurements are presented consistently: for example, miles or kilometres, pounds or kilograms.
  • Ensure that dialogue is styled and punctuated correctly.
  • Highlight unintended stylistic tics: for example, perhaps you’ve used the adjective ‘stunning’ three times in a single page, or maybe you begin too many chapters with ‘After breakfast, I…’.
  • Query phrasing that’s unclear, awkward, repetitive or clichéd.
  • Highlight probable factual inaccuracies.
  • 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 travel book, including its structure and pace, the integration of background information, and the balance of action and description.
  • Extensive editorial notes and in-manuscript annotations detailing the strengths and weaknesses of your book.
  • Constructive advice on ways 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 variant spellings, hyphenation, and whether you italicise foreign words. These notes will also be useful for your proofreader.
  • A Word List detailing spellings that are particular to your book: for example, place names, people’s 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 summary will be helpful when it comes to formatting your book for publication.

What you’ll come away with:

  • A book 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 proofread and launched.

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

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For me as a first-time indie-author, Lucy’s editorial assistance was invaluable. She found a needle in my haystack of words that turned my travelogue into a coherent true story. The proof is in the pudding of the reviews, which continue to be overwhelmingly positive. I’d highly recommend Lucy to anyone looking for an editor.

Bradley Chermside, author of The Only Way is West (travelogue)