What You Get With Developmental Book Editing
Find and fix problems with your book’s overall plot structure.
Fashion a book that contains a working, and effective, start, middle, and end.
Create beautiful sentences that flow with ease and capture readers.
Create believable three-dimensional characters.
Ensure your plot flows between scenes in a way that captures readers.
Produce paragraphs that make sense and enhance your book’s flow.
Story set up
Ensure your story is presented in a way that will engage readers.
Facts checked, your timelines perfected and those pesky mistakes fixed.
Spelling and grammar
Not just fixing typos, but also adding a new level of consistency.
Why BubbleCow for Developmental Book Editing?
Our developmental book editing is designed specifically for self-publishing writers. It will give you the type of feedback an agent or publisher would provide for traditionally published writers. You will be given the guidance needed to lift your book to the next level and move it one step closer to publication. It will allow you to produce a book free of the kinds of errors and mistakes that Amazon reviews just love to find. You’ll be able to publish your book with a new confidence.
Our unique developmental book editing service combines both structural developmental and line editing into one package. Structural book editing will fix plot issues and flow, whilst line editing will highlight spelling, grammar, and punctuation issues.
If you have completed the first draft of your book and are looking for honest, unflinching advice before you proceed onto a final rewrite, then this package is perfect for you and your book.
Our feedback will allow you to fix major plot issues, ensure your book flows well and that you’ve addressed all the little grammar problems.
When I opened my novel I was surprised to find that there were around 5,000 edits and suggestions. That’s crazy. I never expected so much attention to detail. But it was all the notes that accompanied the edits that ‘really’ impressed me. Suggestions to make sentences more active. Notes on consistency. Additions to avoid confusion. Even a couple additional paragraphs to help foreshadow events to come. I started to wonder if the editor knew my book better than I did. All the feedback was great and it turned a story I felt was good into something I could be truly proud of.Kevin Wolfenberger
The whole process was an invaluable part of taking my story to the next level. The report was detailed and the line edit was very useful. BubbleCow was direct and honest about what worked and what didn’t with my first novel and the advice was good, it made sense. BubbleCow were available before, during and after the edit for help and advice about the next steps. Gary even helped me get in contact with an agent. Overall, I was really satisfied with BubbleCow and if you are thinking about having your novel professionally edited, firstly, do it, secondly seriously consider using BubbleCow. I am glad I did.Tom Savage
We charge $15 per 1000 words.
To calculate the cost of your developmental book editing divide your word count by 1000 and multiply by 15.
For example, a 45678 word manuscript would cost:
45678/1000 = 45.678
45.678 * 18 = $685
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Complete Book Editing Package
What You Get With Developmental Editing
The most important element of our development book 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 developmental book editing package is designed to offer this feedback. 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.
Our 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. Finally, the report will look at each chapter in turn and give you a breakdown of what the editor thought.
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 fully 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.
What You Get With Line Editing
Line editing is simply the process of reading each and 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 individual 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. So 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 Book Editors
With a graduate degree in English and a postgraduate degree in creative writing, Caroline has gained a wealth of experience within the publishing and literary communities. She has participated in literary festivals and given workshops across the UK, focusing on the building of an author’s web presence and the craft of writing. As well as writing literary fiction and blogging, she has worked as an editor and as a reader for several publishers. Caroline mentored for Tonto Books in their Arts Council–supported project to discover, develop and publish talented new authors and also judged in the New Novelist competition.
Her decision to found and develop BubbleCow grew from an understanding that modern authors require fast, efficient and affordable services that can be tailored to meet personal needs. Caroline’s novels are published by HarperCollins. She is represented by literary agent Watson, Little.
Gary Smailes has a wide experience of the publishing industry and, over the years, has worked as a freelance writer, historian, and researcher. He has an eclectic educational background with a first degree in biology and a postgraduate degree in military history. Gary has written a number of history books for children, including the Brave Scot series, the Modern Hero series, and the Battle Books series. To date, he has more than twenty titles in print through a number of publishers. He also worked closely, for many years, with the successful author Terry Deary as the researcher for the ever-popular Horrible Histories’ books and the TV series.
Gary continues to write for children. He is represented by literary agent Andrew Lownie.
Developmental Book Editing 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.
Do you accept all genres?
No. We accept most fiction genres and all major nonfiction genres. We DON’T accept:
Highly technical non-fiction.
Do you accept all manuscripts?
If I plan to write/submit more than one book, will I get the same editor?
Is there a minimum word count?
I wanted to submit my book in small chunks. Is that possible?
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 is easy to set up a Skype or telephone conversation.