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Wendy Millgate-Stuart

Senior Editor, Founder

0432 486 687

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editing services

You have poured your heart and time into your  writing. Now you might be too close to it or simply know that a professional editor will help your writing evolve to be the best it can be. Our most common manuscript genres  are: mind/body/spirit (think health & wellness, spiritual & religious, self-development & self-empowerment), business/marketing and memoirs. We also work with a range of other documents and mediums e.g. website text, blogs, articles, reports, resumes, marketing materials, author promotional documents and so on. If it has words, most likely we can do it!

We offer 5 types of editing at Wendy & Words that all represents one editing layer and level of focus:

 

1. Manuscript Assessment (a.k.a. Manuscript Appraisal)

2. Structural & Content Edit (a.k.a. Comprehensive, Developmental or Substantive Edit)

3. Line Editing

4. Copy Editing 

5. Proofreading

These services can be booked as a stand-alone service or are bundled into packages. These packages offer you choices that consider your publishing plans, budget and manuscript needs. They also reflect how much work you want to do yourself and how much you’d like us to do for you! (I'm sometimes called 'The Manuscript Rescuer' or 'Book Mamma' where I can step in for you for that extra manuscript repair support. )

The relationship between editor and author is creative and relies on our mutual respect and honest feedback. I will offer all feedback thoughtfully, respectfully and honestly. You the author will need to be open to critique and revision, particularly in a Structural & Content Edit and a Manuscript Appraisal. But we are a team, and we will work collaboratively and flexibly. Good communication between us both is a must. You should feel some relief knowing you don't bear alone the burden of the creation, development and refinement of your manuscript. You have someone on your team! 

 

If you've just beginning to write your book, or are part-way through, and have hit a 'road block' or have issues arising with your voice, message, flow and so on, book in for a 1-on-1 Brainstorm with me. Two heads are better than one!  

All editing services consider: the author's voice, style and message; target readership; and purpose of publication. US or Australian or UK standards are applied as requested. Approximate costs are provided below but each project will receive an individual quote after the submission is received. 

NOTE:  9 times out of 10, I will recommend that we begin with a Manuscript Assessment or REVIEW PACKAGE to ensure that 'big picture' issues are dealt with, and any rewriting on your part happens, before your editor works directly with your words.

 

editing packages

THE REVIEW 

A do-it-yourself approach 
 

1 run
 

Giving you a big-picture review through a Manuscript Assessment followed by one-on-one mentoring session to brainstorm. Then you go and rework your manuscript yourself before submitting for editing. Saves you time and money (and means we get a cleaner manuscript to edit). Includes:
 
Manuscript Assessment (W&W)
45 - 60 mins. mentoring session
Author re-works manuscript

 

$100 - $900
depending on document length 
and complexity

 

THE SPIT ‘N POLISH

A light makeover

 

2 runs

 

A general but detailed tidy up to get your book in shape for printing. Good option for family histories and memoirs only being distributed within the family. Not recommended for quality books for sale.

Includes:

Copyediting 
Proofreading

3 runs


2c – 5c / word
depending on document length 
and complexity

 

best seller

 

A comprehensive service
 

4 runs 
 

The full editing works for a top-quality book for sale to a wide range of readers. Ensures your book is in the best shape possible and gives the best impression to improve your book’s sales prospects. Includes:


Structural & Content Edit
1 hour mentoring session
Copy Edit 

 

4.5c – 5.75c / word
depending on document length 
and complexity

PLUS YOU RECEIVE:

  • 1 hour 1-on-1 coaching/brainstorming  

  • Basic manuscript formatting in MS Word and notes for your book designer 

  • Liaison with your designers and publishing support team on your behalf

MOST POPULAR
 

THE ELBOW GREASE

the rescue

A do-it-for-you approach
 

6-7 runs including re-writing

The full ELBOW GREASE but with added Line Editing and Re-writing & Ghostwriting where needed. This is where we get you and your voice, pull our sleeves up, and do the re-writes and smoothing out your writing for you. Especially good for time-poo entrepreneurs, language that needs intensive re-working and for writers for whom English is their second or third language. Includes:

Structural & Content Edit
1 hour mentoring session
Line Editing
Re-writing/ghostwriting
Copy Edit

6c – 8 .5c/ word
depending on document length 
and complexity

PLUS YOU RECEIVE:

  • 1 hour 1-on-1 coaching/brainstorming

  •  Basic manuscript formatting in MS Word and notes for your book designer 

  • Liaison with your designers and publishing support team on your behalf

individual edit service details

 

MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT

(a.k.a. Manuscript Appraisal)

An entry level edit that takes a big-picture view of your writing.

 

A professional assessment of overall structure, theme, cohesiveness, view, clarity and consistency, considering your goals, voice, core message and target readership.

Book title and subtitle will also be assessed.

 

Manuscript/document strengths and weaknesses will be reported, and suggestions for improvement.

 

Our Manuscript Assessment may not advise on the marketability of your manuscript to publishers or literary agents.

.Areas addressed

 

Non-fiction

 

  • overall structure, flow, logical development

  • clarity, consistency and repetition

  • gaps in content

  • book title and subtitle

  • chapter headings chapter sub-headings

  • appropriateness to target readership

  • language, style, tone and voice

  • recommendations for improvement

  • alignment of content with author goals and intent

 

Fiction:
 

  • characterisation consistency and strengthening characters

  • dialogue improvement

  • identifying plot holes and tightening up plot lines

  • style and structure

  • tone and voice

  • making sure your message is as strong as it can be

  • pacing 

  • point of view

  • book title and subtitle

You will receive

1 x run only

 

  • An Editorial Report on what improvements can be made and creative suggestions for further development.

  • Minimal mark-ups on manuscript

Cost

$AU

Min. $100

depending on document length and complexity

Consider our
REVIEW YOUR MANUSCRIPT PACKAGE

STRUCTURAL
& CONTENT EDITING

(a.k.a. Substantive or Developmental Edit
 

A hands-on, thorough and in-depth edit of  your whole manuscript focussing on content clarity, tone, logic, cohesiveness, consistency, design, style and structure to ensure it is functional for the intended medium, market, purpose and readership.

 

One of the most complex and time-consuming edits that examines all elements of your writing, from single words and the phrasing of individual sentences to overall structure and style. A second run allows a review of suggested re-writes.

 

This edit will not only improve the manuscript but also your writing skills for future projects. This edit may result in your manuscript being reshaped, revised and developed. You no longer have to handle the creation, development and refinement of your manuscript all by yourself!

Areas addressed

 Non-fiction

  • gaps in content, missing parts

  • superfluous, redundant or irrelevant text – noted but not corrected

  • pacing, ‘bogged down’ or too light

  • message: mixed? appropriately weighted? information and arguments presented clearly and relevant?

  • factual errors and inconsistencies

  • tweaking or re-writing of content for clarity and tightening

  • text presentation e.g. tables, bullet points, illustrations, activities, summary or other reader aids to improve message delivery.

  • structure, sequence, flow and logical progression of ideas – sections, chapters and paragraphs

  • relevancy of book chapters titles, subheadings and chapter length

  • alignment of book content and style with author’s goals

  • consistency and appropriateness of author’s voice, style and tone

  • general copyright or referencing issues

PLUS in memoirs:

  • characterisation

  • dialogue

  • timeline

  • telling vs showing


 

You will receive
2 x runs

 

  • in some cases, a mini-editorial report

  • your manuscript with detailed trackchanged revisions and comments for improvement. Paragraphs and sentences may be moved, adjusted or re-written to help communicated suggested changes.

  • after second run to lightly review any re-writes, 1 x clean copy of manuscript with no trackchanges will be sent back

Stand-alone Cost

$AU

3 - 4 c  / word

(min. $100)

depending on document length and complexity and whether included in one of our PACKAGES

line editing

An intensive edit working at sentence and paragraph level to bring order, flow, smoothness and consistency to your language. May include ghostwriting.

 

Addresses unclear or ‘clunky’ writing, wordiness, overuse or appropriateness of clichés and metaphors, incorrect facts and redundant text. Expect some re-writing.

 

Inconsistencies in tone and voice, referencing and paraphrasing issues will be picked up. 

 

Some spelling, grammar and punctuation may be corrected but are not the focus. 

 

Especially useful for writers requiring extra support. Your writing skills can be improved.

Areas addressed

 Non-fiction & Fiction
 

  • awkward, unclear or bland writing

  • sentence length and variety

  • paragraph flow and transitions

  • clichés and weak words

  • wordiness, redundancy and where paragraphs and sentences can be tightened (without losing the author’s voice)

  • telling versus showing

  • dialogue tags

  • verb tense usage

  • changes in point of view

  • passive vs active writing

  • remaining big-picture issues

  • incorrect facts or inconsistent facts

  • tonal shifts and unnatural phrasing

  • pacing

  • words or phrases choice to improve clarity and enhance meaning

  • paragraph length

  • some errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling

  • structural and developments issues may be pointed out
     

You will receive
2 runs

 

  • 1 x copy of manuscript showing detailed trackchanged revisions and comments for improvement at the word and sentence level

  • after second run to lightly review any re-writes, 1 x clean copy of manuscript with no trackchanges

Stand-alone Cost

$AU

3c - 3.5  / word

depending on document length and complexity and whether included in one of our PACKAGES

Copyediting


 

A word-by-word technical edit to review and correct language to ensure consistency and accuracy in grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, text formatting, sentence syntax, paragraph length and more.

 

 A final opportunity to flag ambiguous or incorrect facts and pick up internal inconsistencies.

 

Applied once a document is sound in content and structure and possibly after line editing.

 

Sometimes a Line Edit and Copy Edit will be combined into one service for a reduced fee.

Areas addressed

Fiction & Non-fiction:

 
  • spelling and typos

  • punctuation including exclamation and question marks, dialogue marks, hyphenation

  • basic grammar

  • repetition

  • typographical errors

  • basic format consistency

    • bullet points

    • use of italics

    • capitalisation

  • headings & subheadings

  • referencing

  • paragraph spacing

  • line and word spacing

  • numerals

  • hyperlinks

  • contents list

  • basic fact checking

  • word choice 

  • basic sentence structure & phrasing

  • basic tone and voice

  • paragraph length

  • basic consistency, cohesiveness and completeness

  • check for potential legal liability e.g. copyright or referencing issues

  • basic tone & voice
     

You will receive
2 x runs

  • 1 x copy of manuscript showing detailed trackchanged revisions and comments for improvement at the word and sentence level

  • after second run to lightly review any re-writes, 1 x clean copy of manuscript with no trackchanges

Stand-alone Cost

$AU

2.5 - 3c  / word

depending on document length and complexity and whether included in one of our PACKAGES

standard proofreading

A precise and detailed polish-up  of a final draft, PDF proof or eBook proof to catch typos and ensure consistency and accuracy in grammar, spelling, punctuation, formatting and design. 

A last chance for quality control to ensure your final manuscript or PDFs will go to print in the best shape possible. 

Areas addressed

Fiction & Non-fiction:

  • spelling and typos

  • punctuation including exclamation and question marks, dialogue marks, hyphenation

  • basic grammar

  • repetition

  • typographical errors

  • basic format consistency

  • bullet points

  • headings & subheadings

  • referencing

  • capitalisation

  • numerals

  • hyperlinks

  • contents list

 

Also in PDFs...

  • headers & footers

  • page numbers

  • drop caps

  • paragraph spacing and formatting

  • line and word spacing

  • capitalisation

  • illustration and picture placement

  • copyright and publishing details
     

You will receive
1 run only

  • 1 x copy of manuscript showing detailed trackchanged revisions and comments for improvement at the word and sentence level
     

  • ​1 x copy of manuscript with no trackchanges

Stand-alone Cost

$AU

2 - 2.5c  / word

depending on document length and complexity and whether included in one of our PACKAGES