Full Stop’s expert proofreading, copy-editing and structural editing services will ensure your written material is professional and polished. Whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction, a book or e-book, article, blog post or website content, Full Stop will help you engage readers and attract customers with your content.

Manuscript assessment

Manuscript assessment evaluates the manuscript as a whole (unlike copy-editing, which examines the fine detail and should be done after a structural edit). It looks at the goal and audience of the document, and analyses whether the content “works” and flows cohesively. Full Stop can provide you with constructive feedback and suggestions on the structure, content, flow and style of your work, and suggested re-writes. Areas addressed include:

o Content: Are topics dealt with sufficiently? Is the content relevant, or is it bogged down by superfluous detail? Is there too much jargon? Is any major rewriting required? Is the style and tone consistent?

o Organisation: Is the content organised logically or do sections need to be rearranged for a more coherent read? Are tables, images or graphics used appropriately, or is there a need for extra visual information? Is appropriate referencing included? Are the chapter headings and subheadings reflective of the content?

o Exposition: Are your arguments clear and intelligible? Are they supported by research?

Please note that structural editing does not include copy editing or proofreading, as these are best conducted after a structural edit. Structural edits are suggestions and recommendations only – as the writer, you retain control your work and can choose which structural changes to implement.

My fee for a manuscript assessment is based on word count and is $55 per 1000 words.

Copy-editing

Copy-editing focuses on tone, accuracy, clarity of expression and sentence structure to ensure the text flows, is readable and consistent. There will be some re-writing and re-arranging of paragraphs to help with flow and clarity, but it's not a total re-write of what you have written.

Copy-editing also involves checking for duplicated or repetitive text, basic error detection (eg. grammar, spelling and punctuation errors), simple formatting tasks (eg. removing double spaces, ensuring typographical consistency and looking at heading/subheading organisation), and checking facts, references and footnotes.

I copy-edit using the Track Changes function in Microsoft Word, so you can either accept or reject any changes made.

My copy-editing fee is $60 up to 1000 words. A good rule of thumb is 1 hour per 1000 words for copy-editing. It can take about two weeks for a 30,000-40,000 manuscript, for example.

If you make further changes after the copy-edit, and need me to go through your changes, I can do so at an additional cost.

Proofreading

Proofreading is advisable after the text has been copy-edited and typeset as a book. It is a final, careful read that focuses on correcting textual and visual errors, such as spelling, punctuation, grammatical and formatting errors. It also involves cross-checking contents and page numbering.

My proofreading fee is $50 up to 2000 words.

Investment

  • Manuscript assessment: from $55 up to 1000 words.
  • Copy-editing: from $60 up to 1000 words.
  • Proofreading: from $50 up to 2000 words.

If you are not sure what level of editing you require, please contact me. I’m happy to take a look at your manuscript or document to help you decide which service best suits your needs.