Book editing is an essential service for self-publishing authors. So what are the different types of book editing services available, and what do you get?

Copy editing / Line editing…

A careful proofread, this includes for correcting errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. As well, the copy editor will check cross-references, headers and headings, and impose a standard referencing style.

Jennifer focusses on all non-fiction writing and loves to get involved in the early stages.

Unless editing for academic papers (by editor Julie), our editing service usually consists of a more thorough edit called a ‘Line Edit’, so that your meaning comes across well.

Line Editing looks at paragraph flow, keeping to voice, sub-headings, and gives recommendations for improving the overall readability.

This selection presumes the author have gone over and over their text to reduce errors and improve construction. This level is appropriate for those with complex prose.  (If you read a paragraph aloud and find yourself straining for breath, then this editing work will fix it!)

Your editor will include general structuring suggestions if we see minor writing flow problems. However, if your writing is full of “challenges to understanding” or is not structured on a theme, then we may suggest the next step up… developmental editing (except we call it comprehensive editing).

As Jennifer is skilled at Line Editing, if available that week, she will send you a free ‘test edit’ of around 1,000 words.

The average 50,000-word book costs around $1,500 to line edit (one round plus review of changes).

Comprehensive Editing

As Jennifer at Power of Words analyses non-fiction books, she determines your target readership, purpose of the book, and placement in the market. The book editing service is customised; it flows from the needs of the author and the needs of the manuscript.

After our briefing, Jennifer examines whether the content is complete and appropriate and if the content will resonate with its target audience (or micro-niche).  The editor will ensure that material is well-organised and backed up by evidence.  She will carry out this work in Word and may also give you audience targeting tips.

Comprehensive Editing inclusions:

  • Correction of spelling and grammar will be included in the second round, unless specified
  • Ensure consistency of voice
  • Check that illustrations, tables and bullet lists are used effectively throughout
  • Instructions for re-writing certain parts to improve the clarity, structure and flow
  • Suggestions on removal of extraneous text
  • Suggestions on creating a more persuasive argument, with examples, evidence, and comparisons — or in some cases, quotes
  • Respect for your opinion and working towards your desired outcomes

This ‘experienced eye’ looking at your work conceptually can greatly assist in creating a better book. If you want a better quality outcome, hire a freelance book editor, who works with you for a better result.

If you prefer support as you write your book, we recommend the developmental work is done as part of our book writer’s coaching program. It will save on editing time and inform you on the publishing steps.

What does a review of your manuscript offer?

Initial Review (or Manuscript Assessment) is looking over your whole nonfiction book before editing, so as to advise you on what you need in terms of content flow, book structure, and audience. For example, suggesting you add an introduction, switch sections, or pointing out where you can relate better to the audience.

This awareness can add to your final book’s quality and saleability. If you go and implement these suggestions, it will save you both money and time. This is because it might save an early round of professional editing.

Receive a two-page report, within 7 days, on your book’s strengths, weaknesses, points of improvement, and saleability.

Please send your draft manuscript, synopsis (if written) and table of contents. An Assessment Report may cost from $210 – $500, depending on length of book.

book editor Jen Lancaster

What Personal Qualities Does Jennifer Bring as Your Book Editor?

My own books centre on marketing (for profit and efficiency) and managing your money. My favourite style of book is one where you, the reader, is learning something but there is a compelling life story running through it.

Types of Books Edited

Self-help or Psychology (4)
Healthy lifestyle/Yoga (3)
History book (2)
Wealth, Sales, or Property Investing (4)