Book Editing, Proofreading, Formatting and Critique Services


As an experienced and qualified editor and proofreader, I provide professional freelance editorial services at competitive rates for your fiction novel or non-fiction book.

I will ensure your writing is grammatically correct, engaging, flows well and formatted correctly before sending to an agent, publisher or uploading onto a self-publishing platform.

Genres: Romance / Chick lit | Fantasy / Epic novels | Thrillers / Suspense | Textbooks | Children's books / Young adult fiction | Short stories | Self-help books | Memoirs | Poetry

Special Offer December 2017
Proofread Fiction Book - £350

(applies up to 60,000 words)
New client offer available for orders booked or carried out by 22nd December 2017.
Click here for more information about my proofreading service.


Manuscript Critique Service
For a professional and objective assessment of your book, novella or short story, I offer a range of options to suit your needs and budget.

Proofreading Service
My thorough proofreading service provides a final polish to ensure your material is free from grammar, spelling and punctuation errors.

Copy-editing Service
My in-depth editing service improves sentence structure, flow and clarity, ensures your wording is concise, and includes all proofreading checks.

Book Formatting Service
I can professionally format your book ready to upload onto Amazon Kindle or apply specific requirements for another self-publishing platform.

Clients

See below for a selection of books I have worked on. Click images to view on Amazon.

Testimonials

Edited fiction novel
Alex is wonderful, she is quick, friendly and efficient. She performed magic with my manuscript, removing all the redundant words without removing my voice and meaning to my writing. Most of all, she took time to understand my book and was able to do a fantastic job with it. I will hire her again and recommend her to anyone who wants an excellent job carried out on their manuscript. Well done!
Jennifer Hibbert

Edited fiction novel
Alex provided a very thorough copy-editing service. She showed integrity and respect for my style and "writing voice" which remained intact throughout the many tweaks and improvements she made. She provided informative and helpful notes throughout the text. I appreciate that she also performed additional research, a level of attention that I didn't expect! Great job. As a first-time client of any professional editing service, I am very glad to have chosen Alex.
Carl Rackman

Edited, proofread and contributed to book on social media
Alex is an excellent proofreader and copy editor, and her attention to detail was second to none. Her ability to critique work, make recommendations and suggest improvements enhanced the project significantly. It was great to work with somebody like Alex who can support on projects and be 100% reliable and professional. Alex will now be my go-to proofreader/editor on future projects. 
Spencer Slater

Edited children's book
Thank you for editing my children's book. You have made it seem nicely polished. I'm really happy with it now it reads well. Can't wait to start sending it off to agents and publishers. Many, many thanks, Alex.
Maria Onyegbule

Proofread Poetry Book
Great Service, very astute, very knowledgeable and punctual. Will use again. 
Roy Merchant

Edited contemporary suspense novel
Thank you so much for all your hard work and making my novel read so much better. I really enjoyed rereading my story after the changes you made and will definitely be contacting you in the future to work on my other novels. It was a great joy to work with you. I also want to thank you for helping me understand the language of writing. Looking forward to working with you again.
Donna Zadunajsky

Edited contemporary romance novel
Alex is an expert in editing as well as all forms of critiquing the written word. She has high integrity and is creative. Her personable approach makes communication easy and pleasant. Alex strives to be of assistance where research is required by the author. I highly recommend Alex for all editing needs of any author.
Cynthia Ainsworthe

Proofread memoir
Thanks for being an amazing proofreader and for your professionalism, your speed reading and your lovely comments! It’s a weird thing having someone pretty much read your soul and you did it blinking quickly!
Hannah Phillips

Edited neurology textbook
I'm very satisfied with the work carried out and would be happy to recommend your services to my colleagues. Many thanks.
Professor Abdel Bakheit

Edited contemporary romance novel
As a first time writer I had so much to learn about turning my story into a gripping novel. Through Alex's professional guidance and editing skills, I feel together we have achieved that. I would definitely seek out Alex again, and recommend to all writers wanting to improve their work.
Nicola Grigg

Edited collection of short stories/memoir
Thanks Alex for being a great help in editing my first attempt at a short story. Thank you for researching the publishing angle for me.
Michael Soady

Edited fiction novel
I have used Alex's editing services for my book. I wish to interest traditional publishers or self-publish myself, and her service has provided simple instructions on amendments to my manuscript. When asked questions she has always responded quickly and with a friendly manner.
Carrie-Ann Hollywell Weston

Edited fiction novel
Alex proved to be very professional and knocked my manuscript into shape. She ensured it was in a reader friendly format and completed the task on time.
Ken Cooper

Edited and manuscript critique for political/conspiracy fiction novel
Alex has a done a wonderful job on A Burden of Secrets. Not only has she provided me with a first class edit, but also lots of guidance for future novels.
Douglas Renwick

Edited fiction novel
Alex has allowed me to move to the next stage of the process of writing my novel. The novel now flows smoothly and literary issues of changes in character's description and plotline have been picked up, allowing me to feel content with the final piece of work. Thank you so much.
Jane Nobbs-Hobden

About

Alex at bookeditingservices.co.uk

Hi, I'm Alex, the owner of www.bookeditingservices.co.uk and based in the UK. A freelance book editor since 2013, I work with self-publishing authors who upload and sell their books on Amazon, and independent authors submitting to literary agents and publishers.

I pride myself on the quality of my work, adapting to each remit and meeting deadlines – no job is too large or too small. Please check out my LinkedIn profile to see evidence of testimonials.

It's difficult to notice mistakes in your own writing because you read what you expect to see. My services ensure your manuscript is error-free and written to the highest quality to stand out in today's competitive book market.


Why choose me?

Professional Editorial Services
All clients receive a professional, thorough and efficient service with updates on progress and clear comments on amended text.

Fully Trained & Qualified
I am educated to post graduate level and trained in editing and proofreading with the College of Media and Publishing qualifying with distinction.

Experienced Editor & Proofreader
I have a proven track record working on many fiction and non-fiction books, short stories, novellas and poetry collections.

Time, Cost & Quality
I work within the time frame set for each project, I offer competitive rates and I ensure a thorough service with meticulous attention to detail.

Recommended by Clients
"Alex is an expert in editing as well as all forms of critiquing the written word." See more testimonials to see what my clients say.

Customer Service
Finding an editor can be a daunting task, but you can have confidence with my friendly, personalised and reliable services.

Services

Whether you have a first draft or a final manuscript, I can help at any stage of the editorial process. My professional services will ensure your work is developed, written to the highest quality, polished and formatted ready for publishing.


Manuscript Critique

Has your writing received positive feedback from your family and friends but you need an independent and objective review? I will discuss writing style, plot, structure, characterisation, POV, and the flow and pace of your book or short story. Please note this service doesn't include proofreading or editing. See below for more information on these services. Contact me to enquire about this service or to place an order.

Up to 3000 words (report of 1 page) for a first chapter, flash fiction or short story - £50From 3000 to 10,000 words (report of 2-3 pages) for first chapters, website e-book, Kindle single or short stories - £95From 10,000 to 50,000 words (report of 6-8 pages) for first few chapters/partial manuscript, novella or collection of short stories - £250Over 50,000 words (report of 10-15 pages) for full-length books of all genres - £275 + £4 per 1000 words thereafter


Proofreading Service

A fresh pair of trained eyes proofreading your work will prevent mistakes slipping through that could affect your reviews and avoid the need to republish after rectifying errors.
Please contact me to receive a quote.

✔ Spelling mistakes and typos
✔ Punctuation errors
✔ Grammar errors
✔ Consistency of tense
✔ Subject–verb agreement
✔ Capitalisation and hyphenation errors
✔ Dialogue punctuation and formatting (when required)

See my current Special Offer for this service.


Copy-editing Service

Even excellent writers use more words than necessary, construct sentences that are difficult to follow or could improve the quality of wording.
Please contact me to receive a quote.

✔ All proofreading checks are automatically included in this service
✔ Quality of word usage and flow of text
✔ Sentence and paragraph structure
✔ Ensures text is concise and removes redundant wording
✔ Awkward phrasing is revised without losing the author's voice and style


Book Formatting Service

I can professionally format your book ready to upload onto Amazon Kindle or I can apply specific requirements if you are using another self-publishing platform.
Contact me to enquire about this service or to place an order.

✔ Amend font, line spacing and margin indentations
✔ Remove tabs and inconsistent formatting
✔ Format chapter breaks and chapter titles
✔ Add table of contents (list of chapters)
✔ Produce front matter (front pages)
✔ Produce mobi, epub, htm/html or PDF file to upload onto self-publishing platforms Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, KoboBooks, etc. as required.

The price for Amazon Kindle is £75 when ordered with other services or £100 stand-alone fee. For other self-publishing platforms the cost is discussed individually.


I accept payment by bank transfer, debit card or credit card, or from a Paypal account. See my terms and conditions for more information.


Contact

Contact me to discuss your editorial requirements or to request a no-obligation quote.

Once you have submitted your form, please check your spam/junk folder if you don't receive the confirmation email in your inbox.

Terms and Conditions

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Please contact me if you have any questions or need any clarification regarding the process or requirements of both parties.

Services provided by www.bookeditingservices.co.uk:
I provide clear instructions when correcting errors or making improvements, but it is the client's responsibility whether these changes are accepted.I only proofread and edit using UK English on all projects supplied to me.I endeavour to provide a complete and accurate service for each project submitted to me; however, I cannot guarantee a 100% error-free document. It is the client’s responsibility to review the completed work.Errors or discrepancies in the punctuation, grammar or spelling will be rectified if found within 4 days of receipt for projects less than 5000 words or within 14 days for higher word counts. Any other changes will be classed as out of scope and charged at an hourly rate to amend.If the client makes further changes or additions to the proofread/edited text and this results in further errors or discrepancies, or more text to proofread/edit, these will be classed as out of scope and an hourly rate will be charged to amend/work through.I reserve the right to charge an additional fee or cancel my services if there is a change to the original order due to the client sending me a rewritten/reworked version to proofread/edit/format instead. This applies whether I have started work on the project or not, and if the client sends a completely new version or revised sections/parts thereof.I reserve the right to decline work containing plagiarised content, or if it is deemed obscene, inflammatory, illegal or otherwise offensive.I accept no liability for any legal action arising from factual inaccuracy or defamatory information in any project I work on.I am not liable for any losses, of any kind, resulting from missed errors or any advice provided. I am not liable for any consequential, indirect or special loss/damage. I will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of any event(s) beyond my reasonable control.
Client responsibilities:
The client is ultimately responsible for his or her own work. While I will endeavour to point out any particular issues, such as legalities, the client is responsible for ensuring their writing is appropriate for publication.The client is ultimately responsible for the content and how it is used. I am not responsible for any changes made after I return the amended content, nor do I guarantee it will be accepted for publication, receive favourable reviews, etc.I have the right to either change the date I will return the work or decline the project if there is a delay in the client sending through the text than originally agreed.If the client supplies a sample of work for me to base my quotation on but the complete text is of a much poorer standard, I may either adjust the quote accordingly or decline the work.
After the project is completed:
All clients are required to fill in a sign-off form. Failure to return the form within 4 days of receipt for projects less than 5000 words or within 14 days for higher word counts will be regarded as acceptance of the proofread/edited/formatted project as provided.I may use the client’s name and book, novella or short story in my promotional/marketing material unless the client requests otherwise.I may use written testimonials, feedback or comments made by the client in my promotional/marketing material unless the client requests otherwise.I may request one free copy of the client’s book, novella or short story I have proofread, edited or formatted.The client is required to ask beforehand if he or she would like to acknowledge my services in their work. Unauthorised use of my name or services in any text is prohibited.
Making payment:
Payments can be made by the following ways:
Bank transfer (BACS) online/via phone/through the client’s branch.PayPal account.By debit card or credit card, which are processed securely via PayPal (no account needed).Payment is required in advance of the work commencing.Although I only accept material in English, payment is accepted if the client lives outside the UK. All payments are required in UK sterling and a 4% charge is applied in this instance.
Cancellation policy:
If an order has been placed but work hasn't commenced, I reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee equivalent to 25% of the full cost or minimum charge of £25.If the client experiences an unexpected difficulty or force majeure that results in a delay or cancellation of payment, please contact me in the first instance to discuss how to proceed.If I experience an unexpected difficulty or force majeure that results in a delay in commencement of the work or progress, I will contact the client in the first instance to discuss an amended timeframe or offer to find an alternative editorial service.
Further information on service charges:
There is a minimum charge of £25 for all services.A request with an urgent deadline or short turnaround time that covers evenings/weekends/bank holidays are charged at a higher rate and will be advised on an individual basis.I may request a non-refundable 10% deposit to secure services booked in advance (minimum deposit charge is £25).I am not VAT registered and don't charge VAT for my editorial services.

Privacy

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Please contact me if you have any questions or need any clarification regarding the process or requirements of both parties.

General overview of policy:
Any personal information and material submitted through my website or via email is treated confidentially and only used as detailed within this Privacy Policy.No editorial projects are subcontracted, discussed with anyone else or passed on to a third party unless I have the client’s consent or am required to do so for legal reasons.
Information I collect:
I may keep a record of any correspondence if I am contacted with regards to my editorial services. This includes general queries, requests for quotes or checking my availability.Names, email addresses and details of projects provided on my contact form submitted via this website.
What happens with the information collected:
I may keep details such as contact information. Under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998, you may view your records to ensure that they are relevant, correct and up to date.
There are certain instances when personal details may be used:
To process an order.To send out information, details of offers and changes/updates to services.To help improve my services, website and marketing.To address customer support related issues.To receive testimonials.You are under no obligation to receive these communications and you can opt out at any time by using the contact form on this site.I may disclose information provided to me through my website or via email if I receive a request for information mandated by law or in response to a legal process.
Financial information:
All payments are processed using external financial institutions: PayPal or the client’s bank. I do not collect, or have access to, any financial information from my clients through this website.

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Security for personal information:
Any personal information submitted by you through my website is treated with the strictest confidence. This information is used solely to improve my website and the service/information it offers. Any information you submit will never be submitted or sold to a third party. However, data sent electronically via this website, as with any other internet site, can be intercepted; therefore, any information sent to me is at the sender’s own risk.

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By visiting this website and placing an order, you are consenting to the use of your information for the purposes detailed above.