Editing Your Novel

HelpEdit offers affordable, friendly, and professional editing services for all types of fiction and nonfiction books. The editing process involves several readings to check your manuscript for potential problems with . . .

  • Proofreading
  • Clarity
  • Sentence structure
  • Spelling and grammar
  • Subject/verb agreement
  • Punctuation
  • Copy-editing
  • Readability
  • Word usage
  • Story flow
  • Redundancies
  • Clichés
  • Story-editing
  • Plot inconsistencies
  • Dialog
  • Narration
  • Satisfaction
  • Entertainment value

We welcome authors and writers of all experience levels! We are familiar with American and British styles, all major style guides, and a wealth of fiction and non-fiction writing styles.

We feel that collaboration between the writer and the editor is a great tool. We confer with clients by phone or e-mail on a regular basis to ensure that their opinions and intentions are incorporated into their editing process. Together, the writer and the editor can find the best solutions to help make the story as readable as possible.

We will help you satisfy readers, agents, and publishers. No job is too big or small, and our rates are affordable. Because your satisfaction is our main goal, we collaborate at every point in the process.

Levels of Book Editing and Manuscript Editing

  • PROOFREADING
    We read each manuscript carefully to catch errors in punctuation, spelling, and grammar.
  • COPY-EDITING
    To ensure ease of reading, we focus on sentence/paragraph structure, imagery, dialog, and more.
  • STORY-EDITING
    Tightening up a story can be important; we have an eye for character development, plot consistency, and so on.

We work to maintain your unique writing style while conforming to standard grammatical and storytelling practices. We perform free manuscript editing evaluations to anyone interested in our services, and use that time to discuss your editing style preferences in detail.

Editing Suggestions Shown in Color

We use Microsoft Word’s ‘Track Changes’ feature, which allows you to see exactly what your editor changed. You can even accept or reject suggested edits. Here’s what text (for example, an old version of Hamlet by William Shakespeare) can look like after being proofread (updated to a more modern version):

To be, or not to be, that is the Queſtionquestion:
Whether ’tis Nobler in the minde to ſuffersuffer
The Slings and ArrowesArrows of outragiousoutrageous Fortune,
Or to take ArmesArms againſtagainst a Sea of troubles . . .

If you are not familiar with this feature, don’t worry; we’re happy to walk you through it over the phone. Plus, there are lots of great resources online for learning about how to use it.

Testimonials

“I have learned so much from working on my book with Chuck.” —Jim

“The consultation over the phone that Chuck offers is a great way to team up for the editing process to be as beneficial as possible.” —Mark

“I have to thank the Lord for bring me to Chuck and Yvonne. They have helped me so much when I didn’t have a clue.” —Lola

We can help with the next step.

Let us know where you are in the writing process! We offer resources and tools, free consultation, counseling, package services, and more.

info@helpedit.com