Editing Services

I love working with people to make their stories the best they can be. I offer three main editing options, but if you would like something a bit different please get in touch – email thebrittonbookgeek@gmail.com

OPTION ONE – FULL MANUSCRIPT REPORT – A read-through of your entire manuscript. I then produce a report focusing on the plot, characters, common mistakes, setting, pace, structure, and anything else I feel is helpful for developing your writing. This is bespoke to your story – before I begin reading I will ask what you want me to focus on and help you with.

Anna offers a friendly, supportive editing service and knows first-hand the challenges of writing. The structural edits she provided were precise, insightful and thorough, helping me to sharpen my plot and identify areas for development with my manuscript I would have otherwise missed. I highly recommend her services to all writers serious about their craft who want to move their projects on.” – Emily Kenny, represented by Lauren Gardner of BLM

OPTION TWO – LINE-BY-LINE QUERY PACKAGE CRITIQUE – A line-by-line edit of your first three chapters, query letter, and synposis. This is a detailed report to help you get your first chapters ready for submission.

Anna gave me such a thoughtful and detailed critique of my query package, and honestly the comments she’s made have been invaluable! She helped with structure, fleshing parts out and helped me be more objective with my synopsis. I now feel much more confident to go out and start querying!” – Katrina Sansone

OPTION THREE – DETAILED FULL MANUSCRIPT EDIT – A line-by-line edit of your whole story. This will pinpoint trouble areas of your manuscript and help you make it as strong as possible. I will produce a short report to shed light on strengths and weaknesses. Although I do not offer proof-reading or copy-editing services, I would point out any spelling/grammatical mistakes.

If you’d like to learn more about these options, I’ve put together a blog post with some more detail.

Anna gave me such detailed, thoughtful feedback that went into specifics far more than I was expecting! She also made sure to highlight positives as well as areas for improvement, which helped me to feel positive about my messy first draft. Some of her thoughts are things I genuinely wouldn’t have thought of, like changing the timeframe of the novel. This has given me scope to be bold and brave with things I wouldn’t have considered otherwise. Now when I go back to editing I feel I have a much clearer roadmap and know how and where to start.” – Elspeth Wilson, represented by Curtis Brown

ADD A CHAT – In addition to your editing choice, you can book a 30 minute chat over Zoom to pick over those tricky edits and discuss your next steps. Please note, this is only available up to one month after you receive your report.

“I have benefitted so much from Anna’s critique of the first draft of my YA novel. She gave me some brilliant advice about things that weren’t working, and how I might go about fixing them, in a very considerate and caring way! Her notes were so detailed I could tell she had really invested a lot of her time into reading and understanding the story I’m trying to tell, and from her feedback it really felt like she cared about my main characters too. We followed up her critique with a 30 minute Zoom chat which was very helpful for me to talk through some of my sticking points and ideas to take it forward, and I’ve come away feeling refreshed and excited to get back to work on it. I would not hesitate to recommend Anna for any editing work – and I’ll definitely be using her services again!”Ashley Barnard

My style is thorough but kind. I love helping authors develop their writing craft, and hope to give them tools they can use across all their writing. I am an avid reader, and studied English at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. I have been writing for about 7 years, and have been giving feedback to fellow writers for about 5. I love helping people make their stories shine, and am very familiar with getting ready to query!

“Anna has been so generous in her time spent analysing my manuscript. I’ve got page after page of golden advice – so many elements I couldn’t see clearly she has made visible. I’m a huge step closer to the story I want to write since having her help!”Anna Marks

LOVE (These are stories I would feel very confident offering feedback on)

  • Anything character based – think Elizabeth Strout or Becky Chambers
  • Adult fiction – I read very widely, ranging between Jenny Colgan, Joanne Harris, and Fredrik Backman. In terms of genre, I love contemporary, romance, crime, psychological thrillers, uplit… Throw something at me and I’ll let you know if we’re a good fit!
  • Poetry – I am a generally helpful person at a small poetry publisher called Eye Flash and have had the joy of editing several poetry collections ready for submission. I also love verse novels, so if you’re working on something like The Black Flamingo or The Poet X, I would LOVE to work on it with you
  • Young adult – some books I’ve loved are Me Being Me is Exactly the Same as You Being You, A Monster Calls, Freshers, Carry On, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13b, Diary of a Confused Feminist, Love is for Losers… the list goes on and on! I write YA, so this is an area I feel particularly confident in
  • Children’s – some books I’ve loved are Pog, I Cosmo, and Pax. I particularly love working on children’s books that are unafraid to handle big issues
  • Some non-fiction – I am not a fact checker, but if your book is more focused on personal experience then I would feel happy to help. Some examples would be The Choice or Big Magic

“I can’t tell you enough how your feedback helped me re-imagine and revise my manuscript. Your six-pages (!) of feedback were concise, thorough and helpful, and more than I ever expected. I only have praise for you and your editing service.” Tracey Brown

I CANNOT HELP WITH

  • Horror – I am a wimp
  • Gory crime – see above
  • Historical fiction – I am not a fact checker, so would not be able to help with checking the nitty gritty of what underwear someone would have worn in 1800
  • Plays – this is an area I know next to nothing about
  • Picture books – see above
  • Chapter books for those learning to read – see above

If you are unsure where your story fits but you would like me to take a look, please get in touch via thebrittonbookgeek@gmail.com

“If you’re looking for feedback from someone insightful and lovely, then look no further than Anna. She’s a superstar! I’m marching on with a much better editing plan now.” – Cate Holness

PRICING

OPTION ONE – FULL MANUSCRIPT REPORT – £185 (this is based on a story of 60,000 words and will be adjusted depending on your word count)

OPTION TWO – LINE-BY-LINE QUERY CRITIQUE – £80 (this is based on chapters totalling no more than 15,000 words)

OPTION THREE – DETAILED FULL MANUSCRIPT EDIT – £325 (this is based on a story of 60,000 words and will be adjusted depending on your word count)

ADD A CHAT – £20 (This can be booked alongside your editing or up to one month after you have received your report)

With all of these options, I am very happy for payments to be made in instalments. I want to tailor my editing to your needs, so please don’t hesitate to ask if you would like something slightly different to these three options. Get in touch if you’d like to know more or to enquire about my availability – thebrittonbookgeek@gmail.com

MORE TESTIMONIALS

Thank you so much for the amazingly helpful feedback – this is exactly what I needed to help me break the story down and dive back into it! You touched on so many things that I knew I needed to work on but didn’t know how to, so it’s really helpful to have it laid out for me like this.” – Sophie Reid

Much of your advice was what I already knew, but needed to hear specifics and I think I needed to hear it from someone not as invested in my story. I’m so glad I found you and I hope to share some future projects with you.” – Pam Evans

Anna’s feedback was so thoughtful and detailed; my novel is now much stronger because of her suggestions. She is professional and knowledgeable, as well as affordable (which, for the struggling writer, is sadly always a consideration.) She seemed to care about my manuscript, and followed up with me days after providing her critique, in case anything wasn’t clear. I would recommend her services to all my author friends.” – Natalia Godsmark

Anna was very nice to work with and got back to me quickly when I had questions or queries. She really helped me out when I didn’t know how to further my book and gave great suggestions. I would recommend her editing services to anyone because she is amazing!” – Riceal Rogan

“Anna’s suggestions on how to improve my submission package were invaluable, especially when it came to my query letter. I found her feedback on my first three chapters to be extremely helpful and not at all painful. I immediately decided to book her to edit my full manuscript.”Fran Heath

“Thank you for being so thorough with your comments. It has been really helpful to have a new pair of eyes on my manuscript, and you’ve raised a lot of questions for me to address!” Rosie Travers

“Plenty of really useful stuff for me to get my teeth into, and just what I needed to help my development. Special thanks for turning it round so quickly, too.” Heaton Wilson

“Anna’s been amazing with helping me whip my story into shape. She has a knack for finding the pesky grammar errors but also got me thinking about fresh ways to see plot and structure (plus she’s been extremely kind and patient with all my nerves/self-doubt). 100% recommend for all your editing needs!”Emma Bradley

“I cannot recommend Anna’s editing and advice highly enough. Her kind and thoughtful comments have helped me to look at my poetry in a new light, while her suggestions on structure and rhythm have helped turn what I hoped were a good collection of poems into something so much better.” – Brian Denness

“I asked Anna to give line-by-line feedback on a chapter before I sent it off to an agent. Anna’s editorial eye is very thorough and exacting. She understood straight away what doggy voice I was trying to achieve and had many good thoughts about how to improve this, heighten clarity for the reader and stay inside a dog’s head. I highly recommend Anna’s services.”Chrissy Sturt

Thank you SO MUCH for your very helpful and thoughtful critique! I’ve had plenty of feedback and beta critiques along the way, all of which have been useful, but I think yours is the first one that’s really nailed some of the issues in the book which I need to resolve.” – Alex Money

“Anna completed a full manuscript report and provided feedback that was both constructive and encouraging. She was able to pinpoint not only where my issues were, but also gave suggestions on how to fix them. Her thoughts were detailed and well considered, and she really understood what I was trying to achieve with my manuscript. I took advantage of the chat afterwards, which allowed me to delve even deeper into her ideas for how to move my story forward. I will definitely be using her editing services again in future! Thank you, Anna!” – Samantha Williams

Anna did a full manuscript report on my YA novel. This covered the storyline, characters, plot and technical bits and bobs. Her feedback was incredibly useful, highlighting the strengths of the book, plus those things that might need addressing. All of this was done in a constructive and user-friendly manner, with an open-door invitation for further discussion. Anna really cares about her clients’ work and their progress in the tricky waters of the agent and publishing world.” – Debbie Roxburgh

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