This is all about the big picture; shaping the narrative, addressing overarching issues or inconsistencies in theme and structure, and ensuring there is a smooth, logical journey through your manuscript. You will receive an editorial report and an annotated manuscript.



Proofreading is the final process before your manuscript is considered fit for publication. It will likely have been through several stages of editing first. Proofreading will pick up and fix any residual spelling and punctuation mistakes, typos, inconsistencies in layout and typography, awkward page or word breaks and formatting issues.


Most authors will take their manuscript through the editing process with one editorial professional, and then work with a different editor to conduct their final proofread. This ensures a fresh pair of professional eyes have reviewed all the edits and amends, and have fully prepared your manuscript for submission or publication.


 If you have a lot of niche information, references or statistics in your manuscript, it's a sensible idea to run it through a fact checking edit. This is essential if airtight accuracy in your work is important. I will double check your factual references and work with you to validate your external sources. You can ask for this to happen alongside any other Red Ink editorial service or request it as a standalone process.


  • Biographies, autobiographies and memoirs

  • Travel guides and travelogues

  • Philosophical texts

  • Self-help and instructional writing

  • Guides and how-to manuals

  • Recipe books

  • Social and political commentaries



If your manuscript isn’t quite ready for a full developmental edit, you can ask for an editorial assessment. This is great for authors in the early stages of writing, for whom feedback on structure, content and flow would be helpful. This comes in the form of a broad strokes review; the manuscript itself won’t contain any of the comments or suggested rewrites you’d see in a developmental edit.

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As you’d expect, this is all about analysing the structure of your manuscript; reviewing your chapters/sections, interrogating the chronology and identifying what content you might want to lose or expand to tighten or flesh out your writing. It’s one step deeper into your writing than a developmental edit, and is particularly helpful for manuscripts with complex structures or non-linear chronology.



Once your big picture issues are resolved and your structure is sound, we can jump further into the detail and look at clarity, coherency, consistency and accuracy. Mechanical editing ensures consistency in the application of  your chosen style rules for spelling, grammar, capitalisation, etc. Line editing is concerned with the creative content of your prose, assessing the flow and style, word choices and POV, impact and meaning. My copy editing service covers both, aiming to elevate your writing to a more professional level and to help you bridge the gap between your intentions and your readers' understanding.