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Professional & Affordable Book Editing Services
For Indie Authors

Your book. Your voice. My help.

Hi, I’m Tina Williams and I specialise in editorial support for independent authors. In a technical sense, this means I provide assistance at three main stages of the writing process: manuscript reviews (for early drafts); copy-editing (for drafts that require another pair of eyes to sharpen focus and smooth bumps); and proofreading (for edited manuscripts that are almost ready for publication). But alongside the technical, I also offer practical advice and support if or when you need it. Writing and self-publishing can be a vast and lonely world: my objective is to support you by listening to your goals for your book, providing advice when needed, and being transparent in my work so that your writing abilities may benefit on future projects.

Based in South Wales, UK, but with independent-author clients worldwide, you’ll find mine is a friendly, reliable and efficient service, whilst also being dedicated and meticulous–I will work with you to help you make your manuscript as good as it can be. Above all, your ‘voice’ and your goals will remain my priority.

Experience of working on Fantasy, Science Fiction/Steampunk, Children’s, Comedy, Romance, Mystery, Contemporary & Literary.
In the form of novel, novella, anthology, short story & book series.

For children, young adult, new adult & adult audiences.
All fiction genres considered, although I will advise if I feel your work requires a specialist editor.

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.

Find out more about how I can help by visiting tweditorial.co.uk. Alternatively, get in touch to discuss your budget and requirements, or send a 1500-word sample to tina@tweditorial.co.uk for a free appraisal.

Payment plans can be arranged if you would prefer to pay by instalments.
‘Tina is very professional; she has a sharp eye for detail and goes the extra mile…’
‘friendly, first-class service, which was relaxed, highly informative & resulted in a finished manuscript I am delighted with’
‘[Tina] communicated warmth and friendliness, passion, diligence and her price made me smile’

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.