Editing Services



The services I offer are:

Proofreading – correction of spelling, grammar and any minor issues with sentence structure and plot inconsistencies.

Editing – a note on editing: as I work mainly with authors who are planning to self-publish, or who want to have their work edited prior to seeking representation, my editing service works in a slightly different way to the editing process that happens in traditional publishing, which would usually involve a developmental edit, followed by a line edit and then a proofread. Most writers are on a restricted budget and so would find it difficult to pay for all these different stages of editing. There is also always some overlap in these editing stages.

So, my editing service comprises of an edit for spelling, grammar, sentence structure, flow, characterisation, continuity, plot consistency and style. I use the track changes facility in Word and will provide you with two copies of the edit: Edit 1 shows all changes made so you can trace what I have done, Edit 2 is a clean copy with all changes accepted – this will show you how the manuscript will read if you accepted all the changes that I’ve made. Having both copies means that you can easily see the difference the changes will make, while still having the option to choose whether or not you want to make those changes. You can go through Edit 1 accepting or rejecting each change as you see fit. As well as the edits, I will write a detailed report focusing on plot, structure, characterisation, pace, setting and style, making suggestions for any changes.

***If you book an edit followed by a proofread, then the cost of the proofread will be reduced by 10%***

Beta Reading – general feedback on elements such as plot, characterisation, setting, story flow, continuity and any grammar/spelling issues. Please note that this is not a proofread and I will only give general advice on spelling and grammar, not a line-by-line edit. I do not fact check.

Help with introductory letters, synopses, evaluation of first chapters for submission, blurbs, evaluation of published work.

When you make a booking, I’ll give you an estimate of cost based on word count. I’ll then ask for a 50% payment based on this figure to secure the booking. When your edit/proofread is complete, I’ll invoice you for the remaining balance due.

Please contact me for current prices and special offers via the contact page, drop me an email at alisonewilliams@sky.com or call on 07891065012.

For further information, please see FAQs. To contact me for a quote or to ask any other questions, please use the contact form or email me at alisonewilliams@sky.com



  1. Hi Alison. 🙂 I plan to send my manuscript off to beta readers within the next two months. I’m working currently on my 5th self-edit. The novel, after many cuts, is still 160,000 words. The reason for this note is, would it be possible to get a sample edit of, say, the first five pages before I went ahead and committed to paying you for a full edit? I realise that different editors have different styles, and I’d like to get a feel for whether or not we’d work well together.
    This is the first time I’ve seriously considered publishing, and to be honest I have no real idea what I’m doing. Please let me know if I’m way off base with my request.
    Thanks, and I look forward to your reply. 🙂

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