Editing and Content Services

I can help you with content writing for your website or any digital services you offer: blog posts, developmental editing, copyediting and proof reading. If you are looking to get your work published, and unless you are already an experienced author, I suggest you start with a manuscript assessment, details are below, in order to give your book its best chance of hanging out with the books that appear in the photo below - that's my first novel, After the Rains, in Daunt Bookshop, Hampstead, London, looking all sunset smug!

Manuscript Assessment
 
A manuscript assessment is a potentially vital link in the publishing chain between you and showing your work to professionals – agents, indie publishers or other industry professionals. An objective eye from a professional developmental editor is invaluable, and could save you lots of time and money. If you are intending to self publish, this service is invaluable – there are swathes of badly executed self published books out there, none of us want to see any more of them! The assessment will give you advice as to other editing services you might need, or on self-editing, and give developmental, structural advice regarding the construction of your book and all the necessary elements that need to be not only there, but functioning well. You will be shown what is working to your books advantage and what may be less advantageous, and why – and crucially, what to do to remedy matters.
 
When should I do this?
Once you have got your manuscript into the best possible shape that you can, having drafted as many times as necessary, with at least a few weeks in between drafts in order to ‘rest’ the work before causing it to ‘rise again’; and after you have had feedback from several trusted readers.
 
What does it entail?
I will give your manuscript a close reading during which I will make comments via tracked changes, after which I will write a full report, commenting on structure, chapters, pacing, voice and style. I will advise as to where cutting may be necessary and areas that need further development.
During the process, I am on hand to advise you as to next steps, and to keep you motivated.
 
Why Emily Barroso?
I am an award-winning author of 3 books (a fourth on the way) and 3 plays. I also run the Hiraeth Arts Festival and work across the arts in North Wales and London – both places have staged my plays and I do workshops in both. Crucially though I am a developmental editor who to date has seen 10 books that I have worked on – some initially on scraps of paper – see successful publication. I am also a writing tutor with over 20 years of experience and an independent publisher: www.hillmanpublishing.com Some of my clients have set up their own publishing companies for their books – I advise on the best route forward.
 
What does it cost?
Up to 60 000 words £520 00

What does that include and how long does it take?
A thorough manuscript assessment with notes made via tracked changes. A full report, as well as an hour’s Zoom call with me that you can take at any time – the value of this hour alone is £75 00. During the process I am on hand to answer any queries or questions. Basically, I am your editor during this time. I have a swift turnaround – usually 2-4 weeks, depending on projects in process.


Emily Barroso’s Editing Services 2021
 
Please note, I use track changes to edit.
 
Developmental Editing
 
Please note, developmental editing is for authors who want a publishing standard edit and who are prepared to be challenged in the way that an in-house publishing editor would do so. It’s a specialist service that requires years of expertise and experience. As with writers, there are many copy editors and proof readers of all types to be found in today’s publishing market, but experienced developmental editors are a rare breed – pardon me for saying so myself!

During the developmental editing phase, I look at and comment on the overall shape, structure and flow of the narrative. Is the book too long or short? Are chapters too long or short? Do chapters work comprehensively and drive the central theme or subject matter forward? Are chapter endings punchy? Should there be more chapter development?
 
I also look at genre and style. Should there be more testimony or story and less exposition, for instance? Are you trying to reach a multi-denominational market? Does the use of language reflect this?
 
I look at whether content choices are appropriate or adequate. Have you perhaps left anything out? Is all content adequately explained and developed? Might there be another way of explaining things based on the overall premise of the book? I also look at subtleties such as depth of meaning, resonance, patterning and subtext and comment on clarity in the narrative.
 
Additionally, I look at continuity, and out for any repetitions or clichés, and at authorial style, and voice, and what needs to be added or developed in these areas. I give constructive suggestions as required.
 
I review the actual sentences – at varying the language for instance, and at sentence length and clarity of meaning.
 
During the editing process, I keep an eye on marketability and your target audience when making suggestions.
 
Cost: Usually £75 p/h but I quote based on the amount of work necessary.
 
Line Editing
 
A full line edit advising on choice of grammar, word choice, syntax and punctuation. I also flag up repetitions, cliché’s and any other errors. I make suggestions line by line in order to make your writing the best it can be.
I correct errors in punctuation, spelling and grammar and check for continuity, coherence of meaning, as well as any factual errors and to a large extent, as with the developmental edit, I look at the pace, continuity, style, and flow of the narrative and word choices. I also look out for clichés and anachronisms, (with alternative suggestions).
 
Usually £50-60 per hour but I quote on a case-by-case basis depending on how much work the manuscript needs
 
Proofreading
 
This is the final phase before publishing. Combing through the text for any minor errors such as punctuation and typos pre publication. This stage also covers italicisation, formatting, capitalisation, footnotes and appendices.
 
Usually £40-50 per hour
 
Please note, I usually ask a member of my team to do this if I have done the line editing.
 
Content Writing

I work with a number of clients to help them develop content for their websites, blogs and articles. I quote on a case-by-case basis.

Press releases and other marketing materials

As above, I quote on a case-by-case basis.
 
Consulting and Coaching

I am a creative coach and consultant. I charge an hourly consultancy fee of £75.00 for conference calls on all aspects of writing, editing and publishing.
As a coach I charge an hourly rate and have packages available for individual clients. Please contact me for details.

Emily Barroso’s Editing Services 2021

 

Please note, I use track changes to edit.

 

Developmental Editing

 

Please note, developmental editing is for authors who want a publishing standard edit and who are prepared to be challenged in the way that an in-house publishing editor would do so. It’s a specialist service that requires years of expertise and experience. As with writers, there are many copy editors and proof readers of all types to be found in today’s publishing market, but experienced developmental editors are a rare breed – pardon me for saying so myself!

 

During the developmental editing phase, I look at and comment on the overall shape, structure and flow of the narrative. Is the book too long or short? Are chapters too long or short? Do chapters work comprehensively and drive the central theme or subject matter forward? Are chapter endings punchy? Should there be more chapter development?

 

I also look at genre and style. Should there be more testimony or story and less exposition, for instance? Are you trying to reach a multi-denominational market? Does the use of language reflect this?

 

I look at whether content choices are appropriate or adequate. Have you perhaps left anything out? Is all content adequately explained and developed? Might there be another way of explaining things based on the overall premise of the book? I also look at subtleties such as depth of meaning, resonance, patterning and subtext and comment on clarity in the narrative.

 

Additionally, I look at continuity, and out for any repetitions or clichés, and at authorial style, and voice, and what needs to be added or developed in these areas. I give constructive suggestions as required.

 

I review the actual sentences – at varying the language for instance, and at sentence length and clarity of meaning.

 

During the editing process, I keep an eye on marketability and your target audience when making suggestions.

 

Cost: Usually £75 p/h but I quote based on the amount of work necessary.

 

 

Line Editing

 

A full line edit advising on choice of grammar, word choice, syntax and punctuation. I also flag up repetitions, cliché’s and any other errors. I make suggestions line by line in order to make your writing the best it can be.

I correct errors in punctuation, spelling and grammar and check for continuity, coherence of meaning, as well as any factual errors and to a large extent, as with the developmental edit, I look at the pace, continuity, style, and flow of the narrative and word choices. I also look out for clichés and anachronisms, (with alternative suggestions).

 

Usually £50-60 per hour but I quote on a case-by-case basis depending on how much work the manuscript needs

 

Proofreading

 

This is the final phase before publishing. Combing through the text for any minor errors such as punctuation and typos pre publication. This stage also covers italicisation, formatting, capitalisation, footnotes and appendices.

 

Usually £40-50 per hour

 

Please note, I usually ask a member of my publishing team to do this if I have done the line editing.

 

Content Writing

 

I work with a number of clients to help them develop content for their websites, blogs and articles. I quote on a case-by-case basis.

 

 

Press releases and other marketing materials

 

As above, I quote on a case-by-case basis.

 

Consulting and Coaching

 

I am a creative coach and consultant. I charge an hourly consultancy fee of £75.00 for conference calls on all aspects of writing, editing and publishing.

As a coach I charge an hourly rate and have packages available for individual clients. Please contact me for details.