Editing

Do you need an editor?

Many of us have interesting stories to tell but how to do this? How can they be written down? Constructing a novel, or any large extended piece of writing for that matter, is difficult and requires skills that must be learned or taught. Most books require an editor or even just an impartial reader to read a manuscript and point out or correct errors that the author cannot see because they are too close to the work or so invested in the story they have become blind to its faults. Editorial input can make the difference between a work being ‘amateurish’ and essentially unpublishable (and unsaleable) and a work being of an acceptable standard for publication. Read our article about the importance of editing.

Writing and publishing is a huge industry which means there are plenty of resources out there to help authors write books worthy of publication.

We have listed below some examples of UK providers of professional editorial services. However, as with most things, there will be a charge for the services they provide. You should expect to pay between £10-15 per 1,000 words for an editor to help you with a manuscript.

Writers’ WorkshopThe Writers’ Workshop uses experienced authors and editors to evaluate and comment upon manuscripts
Oxford Literary ConsultancyThe Oxford Literary Consultancy is a well known company that offers in-depth editorial assistance to authors.
BubblecowBubblecow work with mainstream and self-publishing authors to improve manuscripts ready for publication by providing highly detailed ‘publisher’ standard copy editing.
Addison and ColeAddison and Cole provide a professional editorial service for unpublished writers and act as scouts for literary agents.
CornerstonesCornerstones Literary Consultancy offers editing and critical assessment services, and also act as scouts for agents.
Words Worth ReadingWords Worth Reading offer a range of editorial services to writers.
Writers’ Advice CentreThe Writers’ Advice Centre for Children’s Books is a literary consultancy service offering all kinds of advice and training to children’s writers.
Fiction FeedbackFiction Feedback offer a flexible critique and editing service to novelists.

At Cambria we can refer you to local freelance professional editors with whom we have worked successfully in the past and whose work can be trusted. As freelancers they usually charge considerably less than the big companies listed above. Manuscripts that have been through this service before final submission to us can also be eligible for a discount on our pre-press services.

If you want more information or wish an editor to get in touch with you please contact us first for a referral.

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