Jane Spencer Editorial

Services

It can be difficult to know which editing services you should be looking for and how to go about it. I offer a friendly, understanding ear to help you navigate the best path for you. Please read on to find out more about the services I offer, and if you’re still not sure what you need, then do get in touch. I’m happy to help.

Line and copy-editing

The purpose of line editing is to shape the prose to ensure that it reads well, looking at issues such as writing style, language use and ambiguity. The purpose of copy-editing is to correct errors and inconsistences in spelling, grammar, punctuation, usage and style. I offer both line and copy-editing as one combined service.

Proofreading

This is a final quality control check before going to publication, checking spelling, grammar, punctuation, inconsistencies and formatting issues.

Design and formatting

This involves laying out the interior of a book or other publication according to creative choices, print specifications and publishing standards. I can format for print or digital.

Publishing consultation/project management

I can help you understand the ins and outs of publishing, or I can provide a tailor-made project management service to take your book all the way from first edit to publication. Please contact me to find out more.

What do you need?

What you need will depend upon what you have written, what level of editing it has already been through and what you intend to do with it! If you’re intending to submit to publishers and agents you will no doubt need something different than if you’re intending to self-publish. Not sure what you need? Contact me for a no-obligation chat.

I am happy to consider any genre or type of work, although I have particular experience in:

  • RPG (roleplaying game) material 
  • novels and novellas
  • non-fiction
  • magazine articles
  • website content
  • community magazines and newsletters

My focus is on working in collaboration with you to produce a professional product. I aim to help you enhance your reader’s experience, without losing sight of your voice or your style. You remain in control and are always free to accept or reject the suggestions I make.

 

Please note that you will usually need to book in advance so that I can schedule your work in. That way I can be sure to allocate the time your work deserves and meet the deadlines we agree on.

I usually work in MS Word with Track Changes switched on so that you can easily see my amendments and suggestions and can choose to accept or reject each change made. If you’re unfamiliar with this function, there are many online guides and tutorials to help, such as this one, and many YouTube videos, such as this one. It’s a very useful function, and I can guide you through getting to grips with it if you need me to. I can work on other document formats, such as PDFs – please contact me to check.