Copy Editing for Self-Publishers

Proofreading Copy editingPrice:

From £13.15 per 1000 words.

This is my most popular service and it’s for authors who have finished their manuscript but would like it to undergo a professional polish. I will go through your manuscript line by line and make improvements to sentence structure and copy flow. I’ll also check for inconsistencies and repetition (authors will often use the same word several times in a paragraph without noticing), and perform basic fact-checking. Please bear in mind that this is a first-round edit, so although I will correct grammar and spelling errors as I go, the main point of the copy edit is to look at sentence structure and flow. In addition, once the copy edit has been completed, the manuscript will be sent back to the author for additional work. It is therefore highly recommended that you use this service in conjunction with at least one proofread.


Special offerA note on how I work

Most authors are happy for me to make the small changes (such as selecting a different word in a sentence to avoid repetition) as I go, without marking them up for their attention. If I have a question or want them to approve a big change (for instance, a sentence that has been rewritten) I put it in bold so that they can easily see it when they review the changes. I put questions in bold and place them in brackets so that they are easy to spot, too. However, I can use track changes for the copy edit if you would prefer to see every change that I make. Below is an example from a manuscript that I recently copy edited for Rachel May, whose self-help book Saying ‘No!’ is published on Amazon. I have placed my copy edited paragraphs below Rachel’s original text to show the changes I made, which are all marked up in bold to help you see what I’ve done. You can click on the link underneath to download the full example. Get in touch for a similar free sample edit of your manuscript.

sayingnoHere is what Rachel said about the service I provided:

“I was very nervous about having my work professionally edited, especially as this is my first book and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Working with Danielle was very straightforward throughout, with the process very clearly explained.  The suggestions Danielle made were spot on and made total sense, and I was amazed at how quickly she was able to give feedback.  I’ll definitely use Danielle for my next book.”

Copy editing example – Click to download as a PDF

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5.0 28 reviews

  • Avatar Sydney Clarence ★★★★★ a year ago
    Danielle is a delight to work with, she was invested in my work and always had the final product in the forefront of her mind. Importantly, she ensured it worthy of being in the public domain. With a keen eye for detail and a professional … More approach she offers a quality service; I frequently find myself recommending her and will continue to do so. What are you waiting for :-D
    Merry Go Round was published under my real name, Sarah Toll, by Wrate's Editing Services in November 2020.
  • Avatar cee rainey ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    I found Danielle about 10 yrs ago I think, when I had the urge to write a novel, its now sitting in a dust pile but the experience was so good I decided to try again with a non fiction book about my experiences as a nanny and how to help … More new mothers. Danielle sifted through screeds of thoughts and rambling sentences and pulled out some thing that made me feel like I knew what I was talking about. But it was missing something on my part, and sat on the study computer till I became a mum myself and was able to bring both sides of childcare to the table, the professional and the novice ! Hence All The Small Things, Everything I picked up as a Nanny and a New Mummy was born ( pun intended ) Between us we filtered through blogs I had written and previous work and brought together a piece of work Im really proud of .
    Danielle found my voice, helped me say what I needed to say, and is still supporting me and helping me with wonderful press on the book, so far I've been in the paper and on the radio promoting it .... with a few more deals up her sleeve to make sure that our work gets to as many Mums as it can.
    I cant recommend this process enough, and the feeling of achievement when you have the book inside you on paper. Danielle is professional and personal , which is what us budding authors need. If youre looking to tell your story , look no further .
  • Avatar Anita Morrish ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    I contacted Danielle Wrate by email about a proofread of my novel, Shadow Song. I was impressed by her swift and thorough response, checking that this was indeed the service I needed. The proofread was duly carried out, well within the … More estimated time. I am extremely pleased with it, as it has been carried out carefully and the comments made are constructive and helpful. Thank you.
  • Avatar Marie Keates ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    I am so glad I chose Danielle to edit my first novel. It was frightening to hand something I'd worked on so hard and for so long to a stranger, but, from the outset, she was supportive and offered constructive advice. I couldn't … More be more pleased with the work she did for me and will certainly be using her again for book number two.
  • Avatar Terri Boas ★★★★★ a year ago
    I highly recommend Wrate's Editing Services. Danielle helped make my dreams come true.
    Two scoops, not three is my debut novel and with Danielle's professionalism, sensitivity, patience and brilliance we've made it the best
    … More I could have ever imagined.