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What are you writing?

Novels
Short Stories
Writing for children

 

Submit your work

Please use our submission form to submit manuscripts for critique or editing. Access the form here or from How to Submit.

Once you’ve completed the form, click on submit. You’re then asked to attach your work to another email. Easy!

Payment

We then request payment, usually within 24 hours.
You can choose to pay us directly by bank transfer, or via PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account. If you’d rather post a cheque, that’s fine. The submission form gives you this option.

Discount

5% discount on critiques
and 5% discount on editing
for all customers returning
within 6 months

Timescale

We aim to return critiques and edits of work under 15,000 words within 3 weeks.

Or by post

If you’d rather submit your work by post, please see postal submissions.

"I'd like to thank everyone at Fiction Feedback for their sound advice and enthusiastic encouragement. Their proofing and editing service put me on the right track, and undoubtedly contributed to my work being taken seriously further down the line. Thank you again." LH, soon-to-be-published author.

Editing

Editing is essential for professional creative writing. From ensuring the story with its narrative arc, characters and pace is engaging and strong to perfecting word choice, spelling, punctuation and grammar; these are processes a novel must go through if it’s to make that vital first impression. And yes, that goes for self-published work too: weaknesses and errors make the work look amateur and put off readers.

Properly edited writing, by comparison, engages readers and leads to good reviews, recommendations and higher sales. It also tells prospective publishers – and self-publishing is becoming an important route to traditional publishers – that you take your writing seriously.

Here is an outline of the editing process. Fiction Feedback provides any or all of these services; you don’t have to come to us for structural editing to benefit from copy-editing, for example. For more information, please email us.

structural editing
This is the first stage where an editor gets involved in a manuscript. It concerns itself not so much with the prose, but with the story. Does the plot hang together? Are characters credible, well-defined and interesting? Do they develop over the course of the novel? Is there sufficient conflict? A strong narrative arc? Is the style working well with the story? Do events occur in the right order or could changes improve the pace or the drama? Is the weighting given to different parts of the novel the best possible? Are some sections told that should be shown, and areas of obvious exposition that need a more subtle treatment?

We go through your finished manuscript in depth and usually supervise two sets of revisions (so we read three drafts in total) at a set price, usually between £10 and £14 per 1,000 words.

If your manuscript is not yet finished, and you need help with it now, then we also offer book mentoring services. Again, the price will depend on the work we estimate is involved.
Please email us for details.

copy-editing
Copy-editing (and we include line-editing in this) takes place when you’ve crafted and re-crafted your story and are satisfied there are no further major changes to be made. This is the stage where we look at the nuts and bolts of the writing, such as grammar, word choice and punctuation, and much more. We suggest where different words can be used to better effect, where a phrase, sentence, or paragraph is clumsy, out of place, ambiguous, anachronistic or repetitive, and where smaller questions of plot, fact, sequence, timeline or logic need to be addressed. It ensures consistency in how elements such as times, numbers and dates are formatted. It flags up and suggests changes where tense or viewpoint is used inconsistently.

Plenty of Fiction Feedback customers come to us for this service only. Sometimes it’s prior to self-publishing, and sometimes it’s to give your manuscript the best possible chance on submission to an agent or publisher or for a competition.

Poor grammar, spelling and punctuation and blips in plot and logic are a major turn-off for agents and publishers (and readers too.) Many inexperienced would-be authors think that if their story is strong enough these things won’t matter as they’ll be ironed out later. Sadly, to gain acceptance in the first place has become extremely difficult, and most agents spend only seconds reading a manuscript before rejecting it. The only thing they can appreciate in that time is the quality of the prose. That’s why it’s best to impress with professionally copy-edited work.

Your copy-edited manuscript will be returned in Microsoft Word with all amendments shown and with the editor’s comments visible. This gives you the chance to go through the manuscript and consider the editing comments. It also means you can see what changes have been made, enabling you to apply what you learn to future writing.

Our copy-editing charge is usually around £10.00 per 1,000 words.

We will provide a definite quote on sight of the work. To send in a sample of your work for a copy-editing quote, please email edit@fictionfeedback.co.uk

All customers who have used any Fiction Feedback service within the previous six months receive a 5% discount on our proofreading and editing services.

Please note; we reserve the right to say no to editing jobs where we can’t, hand on heart, justify taking the customer’s money. However, usually writers pay £9–£12 per 1,000 words for our service.

We’ve had excellent feedback on our editing service. A number of our writers have gone on to secure traditional publishing contracts after we edited their manuscripts, and others have successfully self-published.

If you want to try out our copy-editing on a small extract first, we’ll edit 500 words free. Email your first two chapters to edit@fictionfeedback.co.uk with some details about the novel.

Our minimum charge for copy-editing and proofreading is £40, so if, for example, you should want copy-editing or proofreading for 3,000 words the cost would be £40.

Customers using the Fiction Feedback editing service are asked to note that payment is preferred by direct bank transfer or cheque.

We copy-edit: fiction; biographies and memoirs; other narrative non-fiction and also articles, reports and proposals.

proofreading
Proofreading is the very last thing that happens to your manuscript before it goes to production, so this service is only for those intending to self-publish. We ask that manuscripts submitted for proofing have already been copy-edited. If we supply the copy-edit, then the final draft has effectively been proofed, but authors often make small changes in view of an editor’s suggestions and in that case we recommend a final proofread for self-publishers.

Our proofing rate is from £7.50 per 1,000 words for manuscripts that are already well polished. For work coming back to us for a final proof after our own copy-editing this price is often lower.

We proofread: fiction; poetry; screenplays; biographies and memoirs; other narrative non-fiction and also articles, manuals, reports and proposals.

full packages
We can offer a package that takes you through structural editing, copy-editing and, if you’re self-publishing, proofreading.

For those who wish to self-publish, we also offer book cover design, website and ebook production. See Ready to Publish, and email us to find out more.

How do I ask for an editing quote?
Email us at edit@fictionfeedback.co.uk with details of what stage you’re at and what service you’re interested in. Please remind us if you’ve used our critique or editing service in the last six months and if you’re claiming your 5% discount. (Please note we can only offer one discount on any one manuscript.)

How long will it take?
We will agree a schedule with you before beginning any editing or proofing work, taking into account your requirements and the level of work likely to be involved.

Can I post the printed-out manuscript for editing?
No, sorry; for editing we must have digital files.

Do you offer proofing and copy-editing for non-fiction writing?
Yes we do. For biographies, travelogues and other narrative non-fiction manuscripts the price structure is the same as above. For instruction manuals, academic papers or other writing which includes a lot of technical terms they are likely to be higher. We always need sight of the manuscript before we can confirm a quote.

Once my manuscript is edited and proofed, can you help me with production?
We are pleased to offer an ebook production service including book cover design. Please see our Ready to Publish page.