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

Mini Manuscript Edit for First 50 pages - £150
See how a professional editor can help finalise your book ready for publishing.

Book Editing Services Monthly Special Offer

(applies up to 15,000 words)
New client offer available for orders booked or carried out by 31st August 2019.
Click here for more information about my copy-editing service.

Book Manuscript Critique Service

Manuscript Critique

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.

Book Proofreading Service

Proofreading Service

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

Book Copy Editing Service

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 Services

Ebook Formatting

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

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The following book editorial resources will help if you would like guidance on how to improve your writing skills or if you are looking for information on the self-publishing process from experts in the industry.

How to Write Well

When writers spend months/years writing a book it can be an overwhelming task to revise, edit, refine and edit some more to finalise those (many) drafts into a complete and publishable fiction novel or non-fiction book. To ensure the words, style, dialogue and structure really engage the reader and make it a page-turner is essential to give your book the best chance of success.

If you don’t think you’re near googling ‘book editor for hire’ or 'book proofreader' just yet and would like more information on techniques to kick-start your writing and help you through your first steps towards publication, there are many resources available:

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How to Self-Publish

If you have a book ready for publishing and would like to publish an ebook and/or paperback/hardback, self-publishing is the preferred option for many independent authors. With many books published every day, it can be hard to find a literary agent or publisher to represent and promote your work.

Self-publishing can also be daunting because there are many options and it can be difficult to know which is the best for your book. Again, there are many resources available to provide information before you self-publish. These include how to self-publish an ebook, guidance for print-on-demand, the costs involved to self-publish, what percentage you receive from sales and how you get paid, the pros and cons of exclusivity when using certain marketing channels, and how to market fiction and non-fiction in a crowded market:

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Edited fiction novel
Alex's service and work was as perfect as ever. This is the third project we have worked on together. Alex is a true professional about her trade and I will use her again for many others in the future.
Nick James

Edited fiction novel
The PepperAsh Locket is the third book Alex has copy-edited for me, and I have found the work comprehensive and thorough, with friendly and encouraging advice given.
Franky Sayer

Manuscript critique for fiction novel
I didn't know what to expect but I was overjoyed at the comprehensive report provided. It has given me ideas and advice as to where improvements can be made and given me the confidence to go forward with this project.
Wendy Goult

Edited biography
The estimates I was getting for copyediting my book were way above Book Editing Services charges. The editing was thorough and I appreciated having both the tracked and finalised versions of the text. My queries were answered almost by return. I cannot praise the service I received high enough.
Paul Johnson

Edited fiction novella
Alex did a wonderful job of editing and formatting my book for release, very friendly and easy-going manner. I will definitely use Alex's services for my future projects.
Nicholas Plumridge

Edited self-improvement book
Direct, friendly and professional, with great communication. This has been a second to none experience and I highly recommend this service. My manuscript is infinitely better and professionally polished. I am now in a confident position to publish thanks to Alex.
Ade Finch

Edited fiction novel
Alex provided a super diligent editorial service on my latest book The Slippery Slope. I was impressed with the regular updates, timescales offered and the delivery of the service adhered. I felt that Alex took time in understanding what I wanted, no hidden extras and helpful even after delivery of the edited manuscript. Completely recommend Alex to others.
David Crabb

Edited children's fiction novel
Alex provided a great service copyediting my manuscript. She came across as very professional and I felt very comfortable sharing my work with her. I will definitely be using her services again. Five stars!
Nicholas Cariello

Edited children's learning material
It's great to have worked with Alex, she is very helpful and the work was finished earlier before scheduled date which was perfect. Great job!
Maggie Jong

Edited fiction novel
I used Alex's services for my first novel, so I have no benchmark to judge her work by. For me it was exemplary.
Nigel Goudge

Edited fiction novel
Alex provided a very speedy efficient service, adhering to stated dates for completion without any problems.
Janet Scaife

Edited fiction novel
Alex has a very professional attitude and is very punctual. She has copy-edited the three parts of my romance series leaving no stone unturned. I am now working on a new series and will definitely use her services again.
Roxanne Red

Manuscript critique for fiction novel
Many thanks, the comments are very useful to me and I understand now how to structure the rest of the novel. I hope to be back to you with the full manuscript this year!
Nigel Rush

Edited fiction novel
Working with Alex was a pleasure. She is a consummate professional and very well skilled in the services she offers. The work was completed ahead of schedule. I will definitely be using her services for my future novels.
Philip Dowden

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 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
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 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

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


Alex at

Hi, I'm Alex, the owner of 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.

Extra Information on Editorial and Formatting Processes

Book editing and proofreading process:
• After I receive the manuscript in a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx file), I apply amendments using the Track Changes function.
• You can see all the changes, including deletions, insertions and formatting corrections, whilst maintaining the original document.
• I also provide explanations of changes I have made and offer suggestions using the comment boxes.
• I return one file which shows all the changes and a final version so you can self-publish or send to publishers/literary agents.

Book formatting process:
• I format the manuscript, as detailed on my Services page, to meet publishing standards for Amazon Kindle or specific requirements for another publishing platform/publisher as appropriate (this service does not involve the formatting or insertion of photographs, images, illustrations or tables).
• I provide one file in any of the following formats (client to advise which they require):
- Web page, filtered (htm/html) for Amazon Kindle. MOBI, PDF or others are available on request


Whether you have a first draft or a final manuscript, my professional services will ensure your work is written to the highest quality, polished and formatted ready for self-publishing or submitting to a publisher/agent.

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.

Manuscript Critique Services

Up to 3000 words (report of 1 page) for a first chapter, flash fiction or short story - £95From 3000 to 10,000 words (report of 2-3 pages) for first few chapters, website e-book, Kindle single or short stories - £195From 10,000 to 50,000 words (report of 6-8 pages) for novel, novella or collection of short stories - £375Over 50,000 words (report of 10-15 pages) for full-length books of all genres - £400 + £5 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.

Book Proofreading Service

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

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.

Book Copy Editing Services

✔ 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

See my current Special Offer for this service.

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.

Book Formatting Service

✔ 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 file to upload onto self-publishing platforms Amazon Kindle or other as required.

The price for Amazon Kindle is £100 when ordered with other services or £150 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.


Book Editing Services

If you would like to get in touch, let me know about your project and which service you're interested in by using the secure Contact Form to discuss your editorial requirements, request a no-obligation quote or to check availability.

Please read my Terms and Conditions if you would like to use my editorial services so you are familiar with how I work and the requirements of both parties. I look forward to hearing from you.

Please check your spam/junk folder if you don't receive a confirmation email after submitting the form.

Terms and Conditions

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Services provided by
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 a request for services or work that is sent to me. This may be due to a lack of availability, a manuscript that is not yet ready for my editorial services (as it requires developmental/structural editing, for example), or I do not want to take on the work. A reason in these circumstances does not have to be provided. I reserve the right to decline work containing plagiarised content, or if it is deemed obscene, inflammatory, illegal or otherwise offensive.If I cannot take on a project, for whatever reason, and I have been sent a sample, part or full manuscript or anything else relating to the project, I will delete these as I do not keep documents from clients I do not work with.I do not carry out the formatting or insertion of photographs, images, illustrations or tables.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.I may include a website link to my services in any work that I proofread, copy-edit or format. A 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 and within 48 hours of receiving the payment request or invoice.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 £50.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 £50 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 20% deposit to secure services booked in advance (minimum deposit charge is £50), which is required within 48 hours of the client receiving the payment request or invoice.I am not VAT registered and don't charge VAT for my editorial services.


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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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