Book Editing
For
Writers

Make a Difference

Our unique book editing service has been designed from the ground up to provide you with the feedback you need to lift your book to a publishable level.

We'll provide the kind of feedback you would get from an agent and publisher during the traditional publishing process.

We'll discover the problems with your book and then show you how to fix them.

We aim to build a long-term relationship, and provide feedback that will teach you how to become a better writer.

Our unique service includes:

  • Simple, crystal clear, cost-effective pricing.
  • Combined line editing & developmental editing as one package.
  • Open, honest and actionable feedback.
  • Free 2000 word sample.

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“The service was simply extraordinary. The book editor’s report was highly detailed, encouraging me to think about my novel in new ways, challenging me to improve my story. I'll use BubbleCow again.”

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Joshua Dobbs

“This was a very painless process, I would recommend the Bubblecow to any writer looking to save the headache of working any another company. Great value for money. I'll be using them again.”

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David Papini

“The most professional editing service I have ever used for my novels. I had the real feeling of 'being read', not just edited. To date, this was definitively the best cost to benefit ratio book editing.”

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What you get with BubbleCow

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We provide a unique combination of developmental & line editing.

All for one upfront cost.

Line editing

The first aspect of our editing package is the line edit. Line editing is the process of reading every word and then identifying potential problems. All authors pick up bad habits or have some confusion over the correct way to structure sentences and dialogue.

Our line editing will find and highlight these problems. However, just spotting the errors is not enough. We will also correct them when possible and then explain what you are doing wrong and how you can correct it.

For example, … if you wrote this line of dialogue:

'Where is the dog.' Asked John sadly

We would change it to …

'Where is the dog?' John asked.

We would also explain the correct use of punctuation and why you should avoid adverbs in dialogue.

If we spot a typo, we’ll correct it.

If the sentence is clumsy, we’ll correct it.

If something is just not right, we’ll correct it.

However, these will not be “hard” (fixed) corrections. They’ll be done using track changes. This means, you remain in control with the power to Accept or Reject each change (or just Accept All changes in one go, if that’s your thing).

Note that this edit is not a proofread. Though our editors will change as many errors as possible in the editing process, the proofread is a tool to make your book error-free, but comes at the end of the cleaning-up process, before formatting and uploading. More important, the edit itself will lead to some level of rewriting from you. You will be inserting some additional errors (human nature and all that). This means that proofreading, at this early stage, is just a waste of your money.

Developmental editing

The second, and most important, element of our editing package is the structural edit.

Traditionally published authors would have had both agents and publishers providing feedback on the technical aspect of their book. However, for the self-publishing author, this feedback must be procured by the book’s creator.

Our editing package is designed to offer this feedback.

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In fact, it is designed to improve on the feedback that traditionally published authors often receive.

Our feedback will not only look to highlight technical issues but will provide you with a clear roadmap as to what you can do to fix these issues and how to become a better author.

The feedback is given through embedded comments within your manuscript and in a detailed multipage editor’s report as well.

This document will be your editor’s thoughts about your book. It will start with a broad overview of what they liked and disliked. It’ll focus on the key issues that will have the most impact on your book. It will also contain the editor’s thinking behind the feedback, plus details on new techniques you can use to fix the problems.

The aim of the report is to be a document that you can use to understand what issues arose in your book and how they can be fixed. We never just say “fix this” but will instead explain why it is an issue and what you need to do to correct the problem.

For example, …

Let’s say that we feel your book is slow to start.

The editor will explain how essential it is to engage the reader as quickly as possible and to propel them from one page to the next. The editor will then suggest a solution (perhaps introducing an inciting incident) and show, in detail, just how you would do this with your story.

This might involve a rewrite or adding new scenes by the author. However, no matter what the solution, it will be clear what you need to do and why.

Many authors tell us the editor’s report quickly becomes a valuable tool. Before each editing session, the authors will refer back to the report and get a “feel” for the big picture before delving into the nitty-gritty of the line edit.

Free Sample

We understand that picking an editor to help develop your book is a difficult choice.

To help you reduce any risk, we provide a free 2000 word sample of our combined line & developmental editing.

We will offer full, detailed feedback on the opening section of your book.

This'll give you a clear indication of what we can offer you and your book.

Get a free 2000 word sample of your book today

Turnaround Time

We will return your manuscript within twenty-eight weekdays (counting Monday-Friday) or roughly five calendar weeks.

We will try our best to get the edit back to you sooner, and, in most cases, we do. However, it all depends on your editor and what is already in his or her queue. We pick the best editor for each job. We are a small and dedicated team. We don’t hire freelancers and just hope for the best. We have professional editors and robust quality-control systems. We can’t rush the process. Our bet is that authors prefer quality over supersonic speed.

What we will do is provide you with a target delivery date. If you submitted and paid today, your feedback would be returned no later than December 28.

Cost

The cost for book editing is $15 per 1000 words.

The price is fully inclusive and includes:

  • Combined developmental & line editing.
  • Editor's report.
  • All emails, phones and other communication (before and after edit).

Submit for edit

If you are ready to proceed and would like to submit your book for editing, just hit the button below.

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Please note: we can't accept books in PDF format. Please use Word.

All books are treated in confidence. We will never share your book with anyone other than your editor. We will never discuss your book with anyone outside the company, without your written permission.

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Common Questions


If I get my book edited, will I still need a proofread?

Yes! What we will do is remove all the mistakes that we find, but this is not a proofread. In fact, proofreaders are not the same as editors, since they possess a very different skill set. In addition, our edit may trigger a rewrite of sections of your book. Even if we did remove all errors, it is inevitable that the rewrites would add in more (human nature and all that). Therefore, we always suggest that an author schedule a proofread AFTER the edit and rewrites.

Do you accept all genres?

No. We accept most fiction genres and all major nonfiction genres. We DON’T accept:

  • Poetry.
  • Short stories.
  • Cookbooks.
  • Highly technical non-fiction.

If you are unsure that we will accept your book’s genre, just email and ask.

Do you accept all manuscripts?

No. We accept about 90 percent of the manuscripts submitted. If we feel your work is not yet at a stage where our editing will provide the maximum value, we will return the manuscript to you. This most commonly occurs when English is not the author’s first language.

If I plan to write/submit more than one book, will I get the same editor?

Yes.

Is there a minimum word count?

Yes! We don’t accept books of fewer than 15,000 words. The reason is simple. Our secret power is in editing long-form manuscripts—in other words, novels and long nonfiction books. If your book is shorter than 15,000 words, we are probably not the best match.

I wanted to submit my book in small chunks. Is that possible?

Yes. We have a minimum word count of 15,000 words. As long as you submit in chunks of this size or larger, then there’s no issue. In fact, we have had a number of authors take this approach in the past, and it always seems to work well. The key, from our viewpoint, is that you let us know that you will be submitting in chunks. This way we can ensure that you have the same editor for each submission.

Do I get direct contact with my editor?

Yes. We try to keep all communication down to email. The reason for this is that editors have time to answer questions between edits. They can also take their time to provide the detailed answers that fit your problem. We often find the same questions arise time and again, and we have a number of internal resources (and other editors) who the assigned editor can consult with to provide the best answer.

If you need a longer consultation, it may be possible to set up a Skype or telephone conversation.

Since BubbleCow is based in the United Kingdom, will you edit books from American authors who intend to publish in US markets?

Absolutely. In fact, 90 percent of our authors are based outside the UK area. Editing is editing; the type of English used (British or American) is not an issue at this early stage.

Do you keep the copyright?

NO! We are simply a service. You pay us; we make your book better. At no point do we take ANY rights. ALL rights remain yours at all times.

Once I have had the book edited, will the editor look at the changes?

We don’t do a second edit. The reason for this is that we will note everything we can which adds value to your book during the first edit. Even with significant rewrites, it is probably just not worth you paying for an additional edit from the same editor. That said, we are happy to talk to you and even give general feedback on significant alterations. We see this as a long-term partnership.