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Editorial Assessment

$15 per 1000 words

Detailed no-nonsense professional assessment of your book's problems, resulting in an actionable strategy on how to make your book the best it can possibly be.

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Book Editing

$20 per 1000 words

Combined developmental editing and line editing, which will provide insanely detailed feedback on what is required to lift your book to a publishable standard.

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What is Editorial Assessment?

An editorial assessment is an essential first appraisal of your book by a professional editor.

It is best used when you have your book at the 'first draft' stage.

You've knocked the book into shape but now need some guidance on what is required to lift the book to the next level.

Your entire manuscript will be assessed and we will provide detailed, honest and in-depth feedback concerning such elements as plot, characterization, structure, consistency, and style.

The assessment will identify your book’s strengths and weaknesses, and provide a revision strategy that dramatically improves your idea. Feedback from an editorial assessment will lead to significant changes to your manuscript.

The feedback will be presented in a detailed multi-page report, which will outline the key problems, provide an explanation as to why these are issues and suggest solutions you can use to improve your book.

You will also have the opportunity to discuss the feedback in a one-to-one conversation with your editor.

When Should I Seek an Editorial Assessment?

An editorial assessment is most valuable at the 'first draft' stage of your book.

It provides an overview as to what is, and isn't, working in your book, along with a strategy on how to fix any problems.

You will come away from the assessment with a clear plan as to what you need to do and how you need to do it.

An editorial assessment tends to highlight three potential problems:

  1. Significant plot holes and story issues.
  2. Undeveloped characters.
  3. Structural issues.

If caught at this stage, writers will find that they will be able to correct these problems whilst working on their next draft.

An editorial assessment provides more generalized feedback than a full book edit and is designed to catch those bigger issues that should be fixed at the early stages of a book's development.

If you are currently considering any of the questions below, then an editorial assessment will be the perfect option:

  • Is my book good enough?
  • What should I do next?
  • What am I missing?

What is Book Editing?

A professional book edit is the final step needed to lift your book to a publishable standard.

It is best employed when you feel your book is complete and ready for publication.

The combined developmental and line editing will provide insanely detailed feedback that will give you all the guidance you require to eventually publish with confidence.

The edit will examine your entire manuscript, line-by-line, in the process considering all aspects of your book. These include wider issues such as readability, plot and structure, as well as line level problems such as sentence structure, grammar and punctuation.

Feedback will be presented in three ways:

  1. Embedded comments and tracked changes.
  2. Detailed multi-page editor's report.
  3. Post-edit one-to-one conversation with your editor.

When Should I Seek Book Editing?

Book editing is an in-depth, labor-intensive process, that requires a professional book editor to examine and assess every element of your book, showing what works and what needs to be changed.

It will result in a clear roadmap as to the steps that are required to lift the book to a publishable standard.

If you are in the early stages of the writing process and need a more general assessment of your book, then you should consider an editorial assessment. However, if you are in the final stages of the writing process and are close to publication (or submission to agents/publishers) and feel your book is just about 'ready', then a book edit is the best step.

Banished Love by Ramona Flightner

“The entire developmental edit was simply extraordinary. The editor’s report was highly detailed, encouraging me to think about my novel in new ways and challenging me to improve my story. I will be using BubbleCow for my next novel.”

Ramona Flightner - Banished Saga.

Taste of Emotions by David Papini

“BubbleCow provided my latest book with the most professional, detailed and personal editing service I have ever used. I had the real feeling of my novel "being read" and not just edited. This is definitely the best cost to benefit ratio in editing.”

David Papini - The Taste of Emotions.

Stand and Deliver! by Ian Nichol

BubbleCow made formatting suggestions and waffle excisions that will make my book a hugely commercial product. In terms of structure, suggested ideas have allowed me to improve my book's chapter introductions and conclusions enormously.”

Ian Nichol - Stand and Deliver!.

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