Tina Williams Editorial Support

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Editorial Support for Independent Fiction Authors

Supporting independent authors on their journey to publication

Based in South Wales, UK, I specialise in supporting independent authors of fiction, both self-publishing and traditional, literary or commercial. I offer three stages of editorial support, each tailored to meet the needs of manuscripts at different stages of the writing process. These services are proofreading, copy-editing and manuscript reviews (also known as critiques).

I provide a friendly, reliable and efficient service but am also dedicated and meticulous–my priority is to support you in making your manuscript as good as it can be. I value trust and transparency in the author-editor partnership, and am happy to provide a 1,500-word free, no-obligation sample proofread/edit of your work in order for you to assess my skills against your requirements.

I am qualified with the Publishing Training Centre (PTC) and am a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals (AIPP). I primarily work with Microsoft Word (using Word’s Track Changes facility), but can work with PDF files, and am also proficient in the use of British Standards Institution (BSI) proofreading symbols.

** All new clients receive 20% off editorial services for the first project **

** During 2017, 5% of all payments made to Tina Williams Editorial Support will be donated to Unicef UK **

This is the final stage in the writing process, after all the editing is complete, and just prior to publication. A proofread checks all aspects of spelling, grammar, punctuation, layout and style, to ensure no errors have slipped through the other stages. It also checks for consistency throughout, making sure your manuscript presents professionally for publication.

A proofread can include checking capitalisation, hyphenation, headings, typeface, spacing, spelling and numerical style, headers and footers, tables, illustrations and their corresponding captions, references, cross-references and in-text citations, bibliographies, prelims and endlims.

For e-books, particular attention will be paid to formatting to ensure compliancy with your chosen e-publisher, and thus a smooth transition when you upload your manuscript.

For manuscripts that have been self-edited but require additional assistance. My copy-edit, also known as a line edit, will ensure your manuscript abides by the 3 C’s of a professional-looking book: Clear, Concise, Consistent.

An edit can be vital for capturing errors that have slipped into your story which would jar your reader’s attention and disrupt their enjoyment of the novel. This means closely observing all aspects of the narrative, including plot, point of view, characterisation and setting, and correcting or notifying you of any inconsistencies or areas of confusion.

A copy-edit may involve some light rewording and sentence restructuring to ensure your intended message translates seamlessly to the reader. However, retaining your narrative ‘voice’ remains the priority.

Manuscript Review
For authors requiring some guidance on their novel draft. A review, in the form of a Word document report, will provide a comprehensive breakdown of all aspects of your story – including narrative voice, dramatic arc, characterisation, point of view, setting, and strengths and weaknesses. I examine how these aspects perform both independently and as a unit in realising the story’s potential and aiding the reading experience.

The feedback I provide will be respectful, helpful and supportive, but also pragmatic and honest, allowing you to improve on your manuscript in the best possible way.

‘Tina is very professional; she has a sharp eye for detail and goes the extra mile…’

‘…a friendly, first-class service, which was relaxed, highly informative and resulted in a finished manuscript I am delighted with’

‘[Tina] communicated warmth and friendliness, passion, diligence and her price made me smile’