Gigalillion, An Imprint of The London Press

Editing and Proofreading Your Work

Illustrative pricing for editing services >>

Having your work edited can really help your work stand out from the crowd. 'Working the text' is like smoothing and polishing a piece of wood - the shine just gets deeper and deeper with each polish. The 'shine' can take the form of the text being more compact, clearer in meaning, more efficiently expressed, more cohesive and consistent, etc.

The issue with editing is that manuscripts vary so much in what they each require to make them shine. Some authors feel able to sit back and take the time to go through their work word by word, sentence by sentence - paragraph by paragraph, rereading, condensing text, expressing the content of sentences more clearly and so on. A work that has had this much 'post-writing' effort put in to it, obviously requires less editing or proofing, than a piece of work that an author has penned quickly and left it at that.

So editing prices inevitably do vary considerably - depending on what is required.

One way of looking at editing is this - in combination with an accurate assessment about how your work presently is. You purchase a book to read, and are feeling excited and eager to read it. The cover looks superb, the story or subject sounds fascinating. You open the book and start reading.

The first paragraph is just what you hoped for, and the second, and third... but what's this - on page 4 there's a sentence that doesn't quite make sense... You reread it a few times, and work it out - but it was a bit distracting as it took away from the story you were enjoying.

Oh - and a few pages later there a spelling mistake - gosh, and another one. Hey, I'm putting in effort to read this authors work, and it's a good story — but I'd feel happier and more confident if I hadn't come across these typos...

QUESTION: How many typos or general errors are you willing to accept in a book before you either put it down, or just feel affected in some other way that isn't positive. For instance, would you accept ten?

The standard of English is so high in what we generally read today that I'll bet ten would seem a lot. Maybe 2 or 3 in a book is acceptable - but then, if your book ends up in the hands of a good reviewer who could literally, provide a serious boost to sales - it's better to aim at having zero typos.

As an author, you need to make an assessment of how your work presently is, in regards to the kinds of factors being discussed here. Then consider the kind of market you are seeking to compete and be successful in. Being realistic, does it need more time and effort putting in, to work the text, or is actually really nice already. If it isn't quite up to scratch - do I have the resources to put in the energy and effort myself - or would it be better to pay another professional to do it. These are the kind of questions you need to be asking yourself about your work so as to launch it with maximum chances of success.

And if you feel it is good enough already - then that is great. It is your choice and decision.

Editing Versus Proofing

Though these two jobs can be combined somewhat, there's nothing like them being carried out as two separate jobs by two separate professionals. Proofing is like that last layer of varnish after all the others have been applied and rubbed back down. Proofing alone can bring out the deepest shine. It's a final run over by someone who isn't too involved with the work already. And a good proofer has an 'eagle eye'.

Whatever it is that you require for your work - we can assist you with it. Just let us know what you require.


Here are some illustrative prices, though we will need to quote individually for your actual work if you would like to go ahead with editing and/or proofing. Remember, good editing is never cheap. Editing is an extremely time intensive process and it thus takes a significant number of hours to edit a document well.