Do You Need an Editor?

Sean Campbell of had this to say on Facebook:

“I’m shocked, delighted and ashamed this afternoon. Dead on Demand has been out since 2012, and it’s been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times in the last three years. It’s been read (and enjoyed, hated and everything in-between) by thousands of readers in that time.

We had professional editors go through it on release, after our big free run (the first 55,500 copies went in just 5 days in September 2012) and again when standardizing our formatting for the release of Cleaver Square.

Despite that I had an email from an eagle-eyed reader this afternoon with a laundry list of typographical issues to fix – which I’ve immediately done. My apologies for letting these slip through the net. We’re putting in place extra editing [me] for the fourth book to try ensure as little as possible slips through. It just goes to prove what I said in my last post – decent editors are worth their weight in gold.

I’m hoping Amazon will push the update out to existing readers, but if you’d like a fixed copy immediately please send me a message and I will email over a .mobi file.

As ever Dead on Demand is free so please feel free to share a copy with a friend. We don’t use DRM so the file can be converted for use on any ereader you like, and we have an audio version available on request if you need it.”

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As most of the authors I work with are independent self-publishers, my regular edit is a combination of content editing and proofreading.  This involves not only the typical spelling, grammar, and punctuation checks that you would expect, but I will also highlight any areas of your story that need attention; discrepancies in continuity, lack of clarity,  etc.

My standard fee for this service is £2.50 per 1,000 words and this is for a ‘single’ read-through and review of the manuscript followed by a simple spelling and grammar check after any changes by the author.  Should substantial rewriting be necessary, requiring a further proofread, then a discounted fee or set price will be agreed for the additional work.

Before you think to yourself – this is a lot of money – it’s really not!  Editing takes time, skill, attention to detail, and concentration.  Would you like your reviews to be about your story or the number of errors found by the readers, such as the examples below (copied from Amazon)?

I’m half way through the book so far and, once again, the terrible proof reading/ editing is really letting this down. Letters missing-at one stage Bones was called ones- also both ***** and ***** were called *****. Words are missing from some sentences and others have extra words. All these mistakes should have been picked up and corrected.
Having said that, of course I’ll finish the book and enjoy how ***** and co solve the case add I love [the series]. I hope I can give the next book the five stars that the stories deserve but unless the editing is vastly improved I fear I’ll not be able to. (Names removed to conceal the identity of the novel/author as this novel has now been edited and republished).


Great story and I loved the two storylines rubbing along together. But PLEASE would somebody proof read again and fix the punctuation? It is absolutely atrocious and it stopped me from being completely immersed in the book. The use of semi colons is awesome – but, they are all used instead of full stops or commas. As for the positioning of apostrophes – shocking!
If the punctuation can be fixed, this book is a 4 or 5 star read. As it stands, I can only give it 3 stars as ;;;;;;; truly grated. 

For anyone concerned about costs and time, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How long has it taken you to write your novel?
  • How long would it take an average person to read your book?
  • If it takes six hours to read from cover to cover – how much longer to edit?  A fair assumption depending upon the quality of the writing, punctuation etc is maybe ten times longer than sitting down to read a fully edited novel.
  • What is a decent hourly rate of pay?  The minimum wage in the UK is around £7 per hour, and according to the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, the recommended rate of pay for editing in the UK is £20-£30 per hour.

Discounts are available on any initial project – please enquire.


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A standard proofread – spelling, punctuation, grammar etc is available for £1.75 per 1,000 words


September 12th, 2018 by Melanie