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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. 

The Rowanvale team have been excellent throughout. They go the extra mile for their clients, whose satisfaction is their primary aim. From start to finish of a project they are just an e-mail away, ready and waiting with friendly and helpful advice on all aspects of the publishing process. Not only do they answer all your questions, they have answers to questions you haven’t even thought of! Nothing is too much trouble and they tell you in detail what you need to know. They are on your side, they know what it takes to be a writer with all the usual fears and phobias. Reassurance, I’d say, is their key strength, along with others too numerous to mention. I really can’t thank them enough for all their valuable help.

Rowanvale Books goes from strength to strength; emphasis on continuous improvement with the writer's interests at the heart of its business ethos. Great stuff!

​Miles Craven, author of Pride Before a Fall Through Time, Eagle and the Lady-Killer and 2 other titles
They also used our Custom Book Cover Design Service, eBook Publishing Service, Marketing & Aftercare Service and Author Website Service