The Introductory Edit
A fixed-price taster edit on your first 10,000 words
An Introductory Edit analyses and polishes your first 10,000 words, using selected features of a Stage 1 structural edit and a Stage 2 copy-edit. It reviews your travel book’s opening hook as well as the pace and voice of the initial chapters, and it corrects mistakes in punctuation, grammar, spelling and styling.
In a nutshell: A foundation edit that gives you practical tools you can use on the rest of your book.
Best for: Discovering how an edit can help you improve your book; preparing your first few chapters for submission to an agent or publisher.
Bonus: Entitles you to a 10 per cent discount on a Full-Works Edit.
An Introductory Edit focuses on:
- The power of your opening chapter. Does it draw the reader in as you’d hoped? Does it make us want to find out more? Is it the best place to start your book?
- The voice and style of your first 10,000 words. What impact does the tone of your writing voice have on the reader? Do you have a tendency to overwrite or under-explain, and how can that be addressed? Do you have any stylistic tics you’re unaware of, do you use a surprising number of clichés, do you unintentionally repeat words or sentiments?
- The clarity, consistency and accuracy of your first 10,000 words. I’ll correct punctuation, grammar, syntax and spelling mistakes and explain relevant rules and conventional publishing practices.
What you’ll get:
- A professional copy-edit of your first 10,000 words, a detailed structural analysis of your opening chapter, and a list of useful editing tools you can use when revising the rest of your book.
- An edited file in which all my corrections and suggested edits are visible, via Word’s Track Changes facility. This means you can review each edit in turn and see how you might apply similar changes throughout.
- Editorial notes and in-manuscript annotations detailing the strengths and weaknesses of your opening chapter and the pace and style of your first 10,000 words.
- A list of spellings and styles that are particular to your book: for example, do you prefer ‘organise’ or ‘organize’ and do you italicise foreign words? You can use this list to ensure consistency in the spellings and styles you use throughout the rest of your book.
Find out more: Please contact me to find out more and book a slot.Contact Me
Lucy’s guidance and prompting brought my travelogue to life, picking up on things I hadn’t considered and bringing a pace to the narrative that made the manuscript far more readable. She was thorough and professional and gave me the confidence to take my book to the next stage.
Derek Quick, author of Last Train in the Book: Across Canada by Rail (travelogue)