Words, aren’t they lovely? It’s why we’re in the business we are, and embracing your creativity is what makes writing unique. Arguably the most enjoyable part of writing is using fancy flourishes, but we believe there is professional value and fun to be had when you adhere to the following 3 ‘c’s of writing: be clear, concise and consistent.
Clarity is an important part of the editorial process. Once that first draft is finished and you feel ready to let it go, you must return to it with a new role firmly in your mind--that of an Editor. Ideally this should be you in the first instance, followed swiftly by a professional before final publication. A manuscript which is not written clearly stands out for all the wrong reasons. At Rowanvale Books, we can provide editorial support at all stages of this process.
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So, what’s the best way to do this before sending your manuscript over to a professional? Well, the best advice we can give is to read your work aloud one section at a time. It is amazing what you will ‘hear’ that sounds out of place, clunky, unnecessary or repetitive. You will also discover what is working well, what propels the story forward, and what lines shimmer like clear cut crystal.
Still need of an extra pair of eyes or simply don’t have the time to edit your own work? Rowanvale Books has a range of editing services, including access to experienced BETA readers. Worried about cost? We frequently assess market prices to ensure we remain competitive; our most basic proofreading option starts from as little as £102 and access to BETA readers comes in at £130 for 5 readers up to 10k words. If you would like a tailored quote for your manuscript, get in touch here.