Expert book editing for authors

Whether you are a successful author already or are writing a novel for the first time, the need for a professional book editing service is inescapable.

When you write a story, you focus so heavily on the narrative and the development of your characters that you overlook the finer details. For the months or even years that you’re working on the book, you’ll get so close to your fictional world that you’ll struggle to stand back and observe the work objectively, as a whole, and be able to tell which bits work and which bits need work.

It’s also surprisingly hard to spot grammatical errors in your own writing. This is true even when writing a short document like a CV, so think how difficult it must be to proofread your own 200,000-word novel!

Therefore proofreading and editing is, and always will be, a key part of the professional writing process. We provide the extra pair of eyes required to spot the mistakes and, in the editor’s case, any possible weaknesses in your writing.

At Full Proof, we believe our book editing and proofreading services for authors are unsurpassed in terms of service quality and value. Ben, our specialist proofreader and copy-editor for authors, is a first-class honours English graduate with an MA (with distinction) in Creative Writing. Unlike many other proofreaders and copy-editors, he can also confidently and effectively critique your work if requested.

Our services for authors include proofreading and copy-editing the following types of documents:

  • Novels
  • Short stories
  • Poetry
  • Biographies
  • Manuscripts
  • Film and TV scripts

Our services are bespoke so there is no fixed rate. When you send us your work, we’ll evaluate it and work with you to decide which level of editing you require.

Most authors opt for our editing and proofreading service. This involves editing the document on screen using Word’s track changes to correct any spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax and consistency errors and also to fix any layout issues.

The edited document is returned to the customer along with recommendations regarding areas for improvement, such as narrative modes and tense usage. Once you’ve accepted or rejected the changes and suggestions, Ben will print out your revised version and proofread the entire document to catch any remaining errors.

“I have never used a proof reading company before and was pleasantly surprised at the level of interest Full Proof showed in my work. Not only did they give my work a fantastic proof read, they also made improvements and suggestions at how to improve my work in a non-patronising way. I would recommend them to anyone. ” Paul Webb, Stockwell.