Editing and Proofreading

Proofread

Aims to eliminate grammar, spelling, punctuation and formatting errors.

$10.00

  • Price is per 1000 words
  • 7 days delivery
  • Grammar and spelling

Copyedit

Aims to eliminate grammar, spelling and punctuation errors, plus improves readability.

$18.00

  • Price is per 1000 words
  • 14 days delivery
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Fact checking
  • Rewriting
  • 1 revision

Structural Edit

Aims to eliminate errors and improve readability, PLUS addresses writing style and identifies structural and developmental issues.

$28.00

  • Price is per 1000 words
  • 21 days delivery
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Fact checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural edit
  • Feedback
  • 3 revisions

Want to work with a specialist romance editor? I’m experienced, dedicated and professional! Together, we can make your words and story sparkle!

In a Copyedit, I will address the following:

  • Sentence structure
  • Verbosity & redundancy
  • Awkward phrasing
  • Word choice
  • Grammar, spelling, punctuation

Give your book baby the best chance of success . . . BUT WAIT!

Do you also need help catching those pesky plot holes? Want to make sure your characters’ actions are believable? Dream of improving the artistic elements of your writing?

In a Structural Edit, I’ll address the above issues PLUS provide feedback on:

  • Paragraph flow & transitions
  • Consistency of plot, character, voice
  • Characterisation
  • Point of view: depth & consistency
  • Showing & telling
  • Dialogue flow & authenticity

Give your book baby the best chance of success AND learn how to be a better writer. Request a booking today!

When I edit the full length of your manuscript, the following additional services are available to you:

  • Style Sheet
  • Book Description

Click here for more details of Editing Extras.

Please note, a Proofread will only be performed on a manuscript that has already been professionally copyedited.

Request a quote for your Romance Manuscript Edit today!

I also offer Romance Manuscript Assessments.

Find out about my Romance Manuscript Assessment service.

Libby is a dream to work with. From day one, she understood what I was trying to achieve and provided helpful and timely feedback. She was careful to ensure my work was as clean and professional as possible while allowing me to maintain my voice. I love having her in my corner.

Eliza Bennetts – Author of Summer at Urchin’s Bluff

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much experience do you have?

I have been a student of the romance genre for 25 years and have been writing for ten. I have been commissioning romance manuscripts for a boutique publisher since 2018 and work closely with authors throughout the editing process to bring their stories to publication standards.

What are your qualifications?

I hold a Certificate of Professional Editing and Proofreading, a Graduate Diploma of Science (Librarianship), and a Bachelor of Education. I am a member of the Romance Writers of Australia and attend frequent professional development sessions related to romance writing.

What style guide and dictionary do you use?

I edit using the resources relevant to the regional English in which you have written: US English — Chicago Manual of Style + Oxford Dictionary (US edition); UK English — New Oxford Style Manual + Oxford Dictionary (British English edition); AU English — Style manual + Macquarie Dictionary.

Can you edit the first draft of my manuscript?

No. Even if you purchase a Structural Edit, you should have performed self-edits. I would also advise that you seek feedback from at least one other person. You should revise and eliminate as many developmental and structural issues as possible before investing in professional editing services.

What is a manuscript assessment? Tell me more about your service.

A manuscript assessment will help you identify your story’s strengths and weaknesses. I analyse plot structure and character development to determine whether your story meets reader and genre expectations. See my Romance Manuscript Assessment service.

How can I tell which level of editing my manuscript needs?

Redrafted more than once and worked with a copyeditor already? A proofread should suffice. Confident in your abilities and believe you’ve ironed out all developmental issues? A copyedit is all you need. Worried some issues remain? A structural edit would be best. Still in doubt? Request a quote; I can review the samples of your manuscript and advise.

Do you provide editing samples?

Yes. When you request a quote, I am willing to edit your sample for the relevant fee ($18 for 1000 words) so that you can determine if I’m the right editor for you. I offer FREE samples to my newsletter subscribers. Be sure to request a sample edit in the miscellaneous section of the form.

Tell me more about your Style Sheet extra.

For an additional fee, I can track the spelling and style choices you’ve made to help you as you proofread. This document will also come in particularly useful if you’re writing a series. By the time you write book four, you may have forgotten the choices you made when writing book one! See Editing Extras for more information.

Tell me more about your Book Description extra.

As a commissioning editor, I write the blurbs for the titles I work on. I know many writers loathe writing blurbs — but I love it! For an additional fee, I can write you a killer book description (if I edit or proofread the whole manuscript), which includes a hook, the blurb and a call to action. See Editing Extras for more information.