The Nuts and Bolts Edit
A Stage 2 copy-edit on your novel
A Nuts and Bolts Edit focuses on the clarity and consistency of your novel’s language. It’s a technical edit that smooths and corrects your text line by line, attending to punctuation, grammar, repetition and style.
In a nutshell: A professional makeover, delivered to the same high standards demanded by my publisher clients.
Not to be confused with: A proofread, which happens after a novel has been copy-edited and formatted.
Best for: A novel that’s had its big-picture issues resolved and is ready for a serious polish.
As part of the Stage 2 copy-edit 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 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:
- 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 ready for your formatter to interpret: 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.
Price: Between £15 and £25 per 1000 words, subject to manuscript sample and total word count.
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You understood the story. You empathised with the characters. You pointed out my mistakes and made suggestions without being dogmatic. You did an excellent job. I am greatly impressed by your thorough and thoughtful work on my novel.
Ifeoma Okoye, author of The Fourth World (political fiction)