Angel Key Publications

Book Editing and Proofreading

Editing And Proofreading Services

Wow, and to think I was just about to publish my book in its current state!

Before submitting your book to any publisher to commence the content layout, your book must be edited and proofread first. Our book editing and proofreading service will ensure that these errors are eliminated. You will then feel more confident to submit your book for publishing. We offer accurate editing and proofreading services with a quick turnaround and a reasonable cost!

1. Structural editing

(Also known as “substantive” editing, this checks content, structure, flow, style, clarity, consistency, plot elements etc.)

A structural edit concentrates on the flow, style, logic and consistency of the document. Is it easy to understand and use? Does it make sense? Is it accessible to the reader? A structural edit will involve reviewing the content, structure, language and style. To achieve clarity and accessibility to the reader, it may include some rewording and restructuring. It will consist of an overall review of the document to establish whether the document fulfils its purpose. Is there a need for additional material such as a glossary, illustrations, map or index. Is the document is user-friendly and easy to navigate? Time to analyse whether the structure itself is functional. Does the content needs rearranging into a more logical order or another form, such as a table or illustration. If it’s a work of fiction, plot elements will be checked to ensure everything is consistent. This ncludes character behaviour and appearance, tracking for plot holes etc. In a work of non-fiction or corporate documents, the same concepts apply. We will check to make sure that all theories and concepts remain sound and consistent throughout the work. We will check the formula or quotes are reproduced the same way each time. We will check that no material seems to be missing etc.

2. Copy editing

(Checks accuracy and consistency of the overall publication and that of language, spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence construction, vocabulary, tense etc.)

Copy editing focuses on removing mistakes, errors and inconsistencies from the document. It looks closely at the details of language, spelling and punctuation and consistency of style in terms of language and layout. Text is checked for house style. Sources and references are checked. Where appropriate, facts are checked and queried. Lists, illustrations, glossaries, contents etc., are checked for missing or incorrect entries. It is a much more detailed edit to ensure everything is as it should be. For example, ensuring characters’ appearances are consistent throughout the work; making sure that actions have consequences (i.e. if a character closes a door, they must then open it to leave the room again). Often a second, lower-level check of structural elements occurs at this stage (i.e. character consistency, plot elements, document flow). Because the document may have undergone significant rewrites following the initial structural edit, the editor may double-check these elements during the copy-editing process. Alternatively, the document may have come to the copy edit stage straight from the draft, by-passing the structural edit altogether. In this case, copy editing will cover both structural and copy editing elements. We guarantee the editing and proofreading service is to your satisfaction. 

Non-fiction books

Does your non-fiction book require editing and proofreading before being considered for publication? We apply book editing and proofreading techniques specially designed for writers of non-fiction work. Good writers and authors often have difficulty finding publishers who are willing to consider a book written by a yet unpublished writer. We have edited and proofread many books written by authors expressing their personal experiences. If you are happy with our suggestions, we then edit your manuscript to suit your individual needs. If appropriate, we maintain the integrity of your style throughout your document when making corrections.

Christian books

Angel Key Publications also offers personal editing services for Christian novels. We have fully trained staff experienced in the Word of God and eager to proofread, edit or suggest a rewrite of your Christian novel. Our Christian editing service includes a review of your manuscript, which checks for tone, complexity, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, syntax, flow and formatting. Our Christian editors line up your quoted scripture passage with the Word of God.

Modifying hints

Most writers do a poor job with the editing process themselves, even if they are excellent editors when working on other people’s work. All manuscript editing should be done on double spaced paper. Best completed with a red pen, even if the editor will be entering those changes into the manuscript using a ‘track changes option’.

A copy edit is basically editing your work for grammar, style, punctuation and clarity. While a copy editor or a proofreader can do their work one sentence simultaneously, a hard editor should read the whole book through once before trying to edit it. It is important to note that manuscript editing isn’t a substitute for proofreading on a finished copy.

Proofreading is the final stage where any ‘typos’ are noted and corrected before publishing. We know the endurance, tenacity, and patience a writer must possess to become published. So we provide accurate editing and proofreading in a quick turnaround time for a reasonable price!

Revision correction options

If you can’t hire a professional book editor to edit or proofread your new book, you might want to consider getting a trusted friend or family member to help with copy editing and proofreading, as well as providing constructive criticism. 

We can provide excellent book editing and proofreading services for your manuscript that won’t cost a fortune.

Ask about our complete formatting services! Ask about our Manuscript Appraisal Service! We offer accurate editing and proofreading services in a quick turnaround time for a reasonable price! Book editing and proofreading services are available to authors in all states within Australia. Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart – Australia-wide!