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Submit your work

Please email us to submit manuscripts for critique or editing, telling us:
1) Whether your work is a novel, novella, novel extract or short story
2) The precise word count
3) If you’d like critiques; how many
4) Or if you’d like editing; what kind
5) What kind of work it is; e.g. crime, romance, sci-fi, adventure, contemporary, memoir
6) If it’s for children, what age group it’s aimed at

Payment

We’ll request payment usually within 24 hours of receiving your submission.
Our preferred payment option is by bank transfer, or you can pay via PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account (small admin fee applies over £150). If you’d rather post a UK cheque, that’s fine. Payment by instalment for larger amounts can be arranged.

Discount

5% discount on critiques
and 5% discount on editing
for all customers returning
within 6 months

Timescale

Critiques and edits of work under 15,000 words are usually returned within 3 weeks. Critiques and edits of longer work usually take 4-6 weeks. We’ll advise you.

Or by post

If you’d rather submit your work by post, please contact us.

‘Fiction Feedback gave me invaluable and insightful structural analysis of my MS, and then copy-edited it to within an inch of its life! Wonderful, painstaking service, which I shall certainly use again.’
Simon Michael, traditionally published author of Corrupted and the Charles Holbrooke series.

 

Editing

Editing is essential for professional creative writing. From ensuring the story is engaging through strong narrative arc, characterisation, writing style, plotting and pace, to perfecting word choice, spelling, punctuation and grammar, these are the processes a novel must go through if it’s to make that vital first impression. And yes, that goes for self-published work too: weak writing and lots of errors will turn off readers who are used to high standards from published novels.

Properly edited writing, by comparison, engages readers and leads to good reviews, recommendations and higher sales. It also tells prospective publishers – and self-publishing is now an important route to traditional publishers – that you take your writing seriously.

Here is an outline of the editing process. For more information, please email us.

Developmental/structural editing
This is the first stage where an editor gets involved in a manuscript. It concerns itself not so much with the prose, but with the story. Does the plot hang together? Are characters credible, well-defined and interesting? Do they develop over the course of the novel? Is there sufficient conflict? A strong narrative arc? Is the style working well with the story? Do events occur in the right order or could changes improve the pace or the drama? Is the weighting given to different parts of the novel the best possible? Are some sections told that should be shown, and are there areas of obvious exposition that need a more subtle treatment?

We read your finished manuscript and provide an in depth, detailed opinion, making comments and suggestions in the margin and sometimes within the text, and providing a separate report, at an agreed price, usually between £12 and £15 per 1,000 words.

If you’d like us to look through subsequent drafts, we’re very happy to do so and offer the service at a slightly reduced rate.

If your manuscript is not yet finished, and you need help with it now, then we offer book mentoring services. Again, the price will depend on the work we estimate is involved.

Please email us for details.
We provide structural/developmental editing to novellas and novels and also to most narrative non-fiction such as memoirs and biographies. Short stories too, although critiques are the recommended route for short pieces under 10,000 words.

Copy-editing
Copy-editing (and we include line-editing in this) takes place when you’ve crafted and re-crafted your novel or story and are satisfied there are no further major changes to be made. This is the stage where we look at the nuts and bolts of the prose, such as grammar, word choice and punctuation, and much more. We suggest where different words can be used to better effect, where a phrase, sentence, or paragraph is clumsy, out of place, ambiguous, anachronistic or repetitive, and where smaller questions of plot, fact, sequence, timeline or logic need to be addressed. It ensures consistency in how elements such as times, numbers and dates are formatted and in spelling and punctuation choices, such as whilst v while. It flags up and suggests changes where tense or viewpoint is used inconsistently.

Many Fiction Feedback customers come to us for this service either prior to self-publishing or to give their manuscript the best possible chance on submission to an agent or publisher or in a competition.

Poor grammar, spelling and punctuation and blips in plot and logic are a major turn-off for agents and publishers (and readers too.) Many inexperienced aspiring authors think that if their story is strong enough these things won’t matter as they’ll be ironed out later. Sadly, to gain acceptance in the first place has become extremely difficult, and most agents spend only seconds reading a manuscript before rejecting it. The one element they can properly appreciate in that time is the quality of the prose. That’s why it’s best to impress with professionally copy-edited work.

Your copy-edited manuscript will be returned in Microsoft Word in two files, one with all amendments shown so you can see the changes, and one with them accepted so it’s easy to read and use as a working document ongoing. In both files the editor’s comments are visible. This gives you the chance to go through the manuscript and consider the editing comments. It also means you can see what changes have been made, enabling you to apply what you learn to future writing. For full-length work, we also provide style sheets tailored to the MS showing what editorial decisions have been taken.

Our copy-editing charge is usually between £12.00 and £14.00 per 1,000 words.
We will provide a definite quote on sight of the work. To send in a sample of your work for a copy-editing quote, please email edit@fictionfeedback.co.uk

All customers who have used any Fiction Feedback service within the previous six months receive a 5% discount on our editing services.

Please note; we reserve the right to say no to copy-editing work where the manuscript is not ready for this in our view.

We’ve had excellent feedback on our editing service. A number of our writers have gone on to secure traditional publishing contracts after we edited their manuscripts, and others have successfully self-published.

Free sample
If you’d like to try out our copy-editing on a small extract first, we’ll edit a minimum of 500 words free and without obligation. Email your first two chapters here.

Minimum charge
Our minimum charge for copy-editing is £50, so if, for example, you should want copy-editing for 1,000 words the cost would be £50.

What we copy-edit
We copy-edit: fiction of all lengths including short stories; biographies and memoirs; travelogues and other narrative non-fiction and also (subject to sight) articles, non-technical reports and proposals.

Proofreading
Proofreading is the very last thing that happens to your manuscript before it goes to production, so this service is only for those intending to self-publish. The service is only available to writers who have already submitted their manuscripts for copy-editing by Fiction Feedback. It caters for an author’s subsequent changes to a manuscript following recommendations or suggestions in the copy-edit. We will quote depending on the work, with proofreading rates always lower than copy-editing.

How do I ask for an editing quote?
Email us with details of which service you’re interested in. Please remind us if you’ve used our critique or editing service in the last six months and if you’re claiming your 5% discount.

How long will it take?
We will agree a schedule with you before beginning any editing work, taking into account your requirements and the level of work likely to be involved.

Can I post a hard copy of the manuscript for editing?
No, sorry; for editing we must have digital files.

Do you offer copy-editing for non-fiction writing?
Yes we do. For biographies, travelogues, and other narrative non-fiction manuscripts including proposals and non-technical reports the price structure is the same as above. We always need sight of the manuscript before we can confirm a quote.

Once my manuscript is edited, can you help me find an agent or publisher?
We are sometimes in a position to extend help and will be pleased to do this where appropriate. We also offer practical help for very reasonable fees with covering letters and synopses to those whose work we’ve edited. Advice, and agent or publisher recommendations are free.