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Proofreading & Copy-Editing Service

Book editing is one of the most crucial aspects of publishing, whether you're working with a publishing company or going it alone. Having a well-written manuscript can make all the difference - not only to your book sales, but to your reputation as an author. For that reason, we believe book editing should be as high-quality (and yet as cost-effective) as possible, because it's not something any author should be without! 

In a nutshell

Each manuscript is reviewed by more than one pair of eyes, since even the best editor can miss errors occasionally. Our Writing Advisors will provide you with an Editorial Summary to give context, clarity and explain ways to improve your writing in general. As an author you can review, approve and decline changes and suggestions as you wish - we believe in full author control. 

What it costs

Costs dependent on word count and editing level of manuscript. Please speak to a Publishing Advisor for an accurate quote. 


  • A thorough Proofread & Copy-Edit, carried out by a Writing Advisor who will take your preferences into account
  • A second Proofread, by a different member of the editorial team
  • An extra Quality Control check, carried out by a third member of the team
  • An Editorial Summary, highlighting areas of improvement

Why do we do this?

One of the tell-tale signs of a poor-quality, self-published book is the lack of professional book editing. Badly written books, or texts with errors littered throughout, can really harm an author's reputation, which is why we value book editing so deeply. We include book editing in all of our publication packages, and the Proofreading & Copy-Editing Service is also available as a stand-alone service, which means that authors can ensure their manuscript is edited to high standards, regardless of where and how they publish.

How do we do this?

Once you're ready to go, the Senior Writing Advisor will send you an Editorial Preferences Form, so that you can provide more information about what you are looking for during the editorial process. 

Your Writing Advisor will then complete the edit and this will be sent back to you for your review (along with your Editorial Summary).

Once you have reviewed the edit, your Writing Advisor will implement the changes as per your preferences. The Senior Writing Advisor will then send the implemented manuscript back to you for your review and approval.

A second member of the editorial team will then carry out the second proofread and this will be sent back to you for your review. 

Once you have reviewed this, the Writing Advisor will implement the changes as per your preferences and this will be sent back to you for your approval. 

Lastly, a third member of the editorial team will carry out the final Quality Control check and then the finished manuscript will be sent back to you for final review and approval. 

Rowanvale have been very professional. The editing process has been of high quality, detailed and very thorough. Tessa has kept in contact and been very supportive, responding immediately to any questions or issues. Bethan is now carrying on in the same professional manner, being very helpful. I have also been pleased with Hannah for the artwork, who in my view is very talented. I have had a positive feedback about the cover design. Sarah and the rest of the team have been excellent. From my experience Rowanvale offer something unique to the publishing industry, offering new writers a chance without giving any false hope. All the staff at Rowanvale should be very proud of the service you offer to new writers. Thanks. 

Mal Jones, author of Can Openers
They also used our Custom Book Cover Design Service, eBook Publishing Service, Paperback Publishing Service and Marketing & Aftercare Service