Editing Service

As an experienced writer with many published articles, short stories and poems to my name, I am pleased to be able to offer an editing and appraisal service to anyone who thinks they may need it. With so many people these days wanting their written words to be seen or heard by a wider audience, it is more important than ever that you stand out from the crowd and that your message is communicated clearly and effectively. 

For instance, you might be in the early stages of writing something and would like general advice and feedback on it before you go any further. Or perhaps you have a personal story that you would like to share with others and are keen to find an agent or publisher but need help with getting your words into a format that can be submitted to a professional. You might even be looking to "self-publish" your work and need a more objective pair of eyes to review it before you decide whether to take the next step or not.

Whatever you think you might need help with whether it is a CV, a letter, a personal statement, a speech, an essay, an article, a short story or a poem, I am here for you! As long as you have written something at least in "first draft" form, we should be able to work together. I can't write it for you.

What will you get for your money?

I will provide you with an honest and in-depth typed critique of your writing with practical and encouraging suggestions as to how it could be improved. (No red ink.) Ths may include some or all of the following:

Basic Copy Edit - An overall review of your writing to make sure that your material is well-presented, logical, understandable and consistent in things like tone, voice and viewpoint. I will also comment on its accuracy, readability and fitness for purpose. This may include brief comments on any basic errors, omissions and repetitions etc.

Content Edit - An overall review of your writing with helpful suggestions for improving things like clarity, word selection, voice, style and tone. For fiction, I can also advise on characterisation, plot, pacing and dialogue.

In other words, it is all about what you have written, why you have written it and how you have written it.

Advice On Submissions - If you are preparing your work to send to a publisher or agent, I can also help with compiling a compelling query letter and synopsis, as well as providing general advice on how to improve your chances of getting out of the "slush" pile. 

Please note: I am unable to provide a  "line by line" in-depth copy edit or a detailed proofreading of your work. If you require these services, I highly recommend that you contact Affordable Editing who may be able to assist you with this. I am also unable to provide an essay writing service.

How much will you have to pay?

My standard fee is £15.00 per hour including VAT. However, I will always try to be mindful of your budget so there is some room for manoeuvre. I will need to find out as much as possible about what your individual requirements are, what your timescale is and how much work I will have to do before providing you with a free quote. 

How can you find out more?

If you think I might be able to help you, with absolutely no obligation to take things further at this stage, please feel free to contact me using the form on the Contact Me page or by emailing mel@melissalawrence.co.uk

I look forward to being part of your writing journey.

"You are on your way to being a versatile editor when you can take apart a piece, then re-stitch it together again and still convey the author's original intentions." Genevieve De Guzman