Editing

Is your book ready for your ideal audience? Let us help you add the finishing touches with expert proofreading, consistency checking, copy editing, or developmental editing. If you are just starting out and need support organizing your ideas for your book, we recommend author coaching. If you already have a manuscript, read on for how we can create a project plan to get your book to the finishing line.

Pricing

Interactive Editing

We discuss parts of the text together in a chat. This way, you get direct feedback and learn to improve your writing as we proceed.
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Outline and Structure

We can teach you how to turn disconnected ideas into a story.
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Develop Style

Based on your outline, let us discuss the general tone, style, and plot of your book.
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Chapter Organization

We will reorder your chapters to better reflect your's book's story.
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Section and Paragraph Organization

To ensure the logical flow within a chapter, we might have to reorder the sequence of sections and paragraphs.
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Improve Paragraphs

Reordering the sentences within a paragraph helps to ensure a clear reading flow for the reader. Each paragraph is like a part of music, it needs to fit with the rest.
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Diagrams and Graphics

We will check the contents of graphics and diagrams to be consistent with the rest of the text and adapt them accordingly.
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Consistency

Checking details, such as referencing, indexing, the table of contents, graphs, and word consistency.
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Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation

Checking for correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and errors in diagrams and graphs.
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How do we work?

Text is judged by consistency and the absence of errors. Let us help you add the finishing touches with proofreading, copy editing, stylistic editing, or developmental editing. If you are just starting out and need support organizing yourself and your ideas to create a roadmap for your book, we recommend a brainstorming session. If you already have a manuscript, the four services we provide correspond to the four phases of editing a manuscript. With developmental editing, we do an overhaul of the entire text. Once the general structure of the manuscript is decided upon, we will re-check the general logical consistency of the paragraphs (copy editing), as well as the consistency of diagrams, graphics, references, and indexes. Finally, proofreading ensures that no errors were missed. With our publishing services, the product can then be made ready for release or turned into a presentation.

To determine which services fit your situation, the first step is to review what you already have:

Step 1: Request

  • Send us a message or e-mail with your request for editing.
  • Specify the number of pages and format of your project.
  • Ideally, attach or link to a sample of your manuscript.
  • Let us know in what format you have the original text (e.g., Word, TXT, Google Docs, etc.).
  • Add any detailed information about the request.

The second step is an interview with you. Based on our evaluation of the sample text and our chat, we will propose different stages to get your book to the finishing line.

Step 2: Interview

  • We will contact you with a date for an initial meeting (text chat) and estimate how much work we estimate the edit will entail.
  • In preparation, please provide us with the entire original text as an attachment or link. We will let you know in what format we need the text.
  • In the chat, we will clarify our process and answer any questions you may have.
  • We will send you a summary of what the work will entail and how long we estimate we need for delivery.

To save time and for you to track our changes, we might propose to convert your document into a different format. For more information about input and output formats, check our publishing project. There, we offer conversions from a variety of formats to LaTeX, Google Docs, or Word, all platforms that support tracking of changes which you can accept or reject.

Depending on the agreed project plan, we will work iteratively through several steps of developmental editing and/or stylistic editing, followed by copy-editing and proofreading (depending on the state of your manuscript). For example, an initial draft of your manuscript might need 2 or 3 iterations through the entire text of your manuscript, followed by a single iteration of copy-editing and followed by proofreading. If you are already sure about the contents and structure of your manuscript and are OK with some errors in the final text, maybe a single round of stylistic editing followed by proofreading might do the trick. We will propose options for the right mixture for your book and include any special requests.

Final Step: Delivery

  • We will deliver the final text as specified.
  • We offer an online meeting (at no charge) to answer any questions.
  • If applicable, we can also provide suggestions for improvements for future editions of the book.

In terms of payment, different services are priced differently. For better flexibility, we offer payment plans per iteration. This way, you are in full control of the costs with minimal risks. Our core concept is to stay in constant contact throughout the project so you are always up to date with the progress.

Interested? Check out which services we provide in detail below.

Our Services

Developmental Editing

A thorough critique of your book before it's published.

With LODE, put your best book forward. Our developmental edit provides you with an in-depth assessment of your manuscript, and insights and guidance for improvement.

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Copy Editing

Text is like a piece of music

Let us help you to ensure your manuscript easily flows from one paragraph to the next, while remaining consistent and maintaining your voice and style.

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Consistency Checking

Every page of your book should be totally error-free.

You want your book to provide a satisfying experience for your readers. A copy editor will make sure that your book flows logically, is consistent, and feels complete.

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Proofreading

Professional proofreading to make your book flawless.

Our proofreaders will skillfully evaluate and correct spelling, word choice, grammar, punctuation, and formatting issues. Don't leave your book's success to chance!

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