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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 Books are a caring publisher who really take into consideration the ambitions of the author… Rowanvale Books are fantastic and professional. They really take time to help out their authors and go above and beyond to ensure a great outcome is achieved. They listen to the ambitions of an author and help them achieve their goals… Rowanvale Books have been incredibly helpful with the publication of Sham Subterranean and the Party Tea, giving me valuable advice along the way and helping me bring my vision for my book to life. The design team came up with an amazing cover which compliments the zaniness of the story. They listen to my ideas and steer me through any hurdles I come across the way. This is incredibly helpful as my books are usually series which lead into each other. Couldn’t be happier and I am so proud to be a part of this amazing team… Rowanvale Books have been terrific. They’ve involved me in every step of the way and have produced a stunning children’s picture book that has exceeded my expectations. Nothing is too much trouble and they really care about me as an individual. They know how serious I am about becoming a successful writer and are helping me to achieve my dream. I cannot praise them enough!… Rowanvale Books are friendly and helpful from the get go. They are always there to answer questions and cater for whatever goals you set yourself as a writer. Their positive attitude and encouragement really make the entire publishing process very enjoyable… Rowanvale Books has been so helpful and obliging throughout the entire process of the publication of The Pirate Who Was Scared of Birds. Their attention to detail and dedication to ensuring that only the highest quality book is produced is commendable … The aftercare and marketing of my book has also been wonderful. Being a vital aspect of the whole publishing process, I know I have the support and backing of a knowledgeable and enthusiastic team.

​Michelle Path, author of Corallai, Xalien the Purple Alien: Xalien Visits the Farm and 18 other titles
They also used our Custom Book Cover Design Service, Book Illustrations Service, Paperback Publishing Service and Marketing & Aftercare Service