Going through the editing process can be one long, difficult journey. In some cases, authors find it painful to watch as their hard work, pride, and joy fall victim to the editor. But to no avail, no author has ever escaped the red pen. Editing is the first step to get your book polished and ready for publication; it is a necessity. Without the careful eye of an editor, any book is at risk of failing from selling at all, making editing an essential process before publishing your book.

Kirkus Basic Editing Service (500 words minimum)

A thorough cleanup that focuses on the mechanics of language: correcting grammar, punctuation, spelling, and typos. Copyeditors also review for continuity, timeline, factual accuracy, and consistency. You’ll receive a marked-up manuscript with tracked edits and queries throughout, plus an editorial letter outlining trends, style rules, and areas of the copyeditor’s focus for your manuscript.

Kirkus Developmental Editing Service (500 words minimum)

A developmental edit that focuses on big-picture issues like structure, pacing, style, and tone. In fiction works, collaborative editors also focus on plot, characterization, and dialogue. In nonfiction works, collaborative editors focus on thesis, clarity of message, repetition, and reference use. You’ll receive an editorial letter outlining the manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses and a marked-up manuscript with line editing and commentary throughout. You’ll also receive a one-hour consulting call with your editor to discuss their feedback and how to approach revisions.

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