Editing Services (Academic and Fiction)

I offer two kinds of developmental editing services:

  • for nonfiction, including the academic humanities;
  • for fiction in the genres with which I’m familiar.

What is developmental editing?

Developmental editing (also sometimes called substantive or structural editing) involves assessing how well the project succeeds with respect to its goals and providing feedback in order to allow the author to rework the project to more closely match its ideal shape. Developmental editing involves working closely with the author. In order for it to be useful, the editor needs to know the project or manuscript’s goals and intended audience.


Academic (Humanities)/Nonfiction Developmental Editing

Note: For student dissertations and theses, some academic institutions prohibit the use of paid/professional editors. Please consult your own institution’s guidelines.

Rates: €2.75/USD$3.00/UK£2.50 per manuscript page (a manuscript page is conventionally assumed to be equivalent to 250 words).

What is involved:

I will read your manuscript in careful detail, with an eye to answering questions like:

  • How effective is the structure of the work?
  • Is the content well-organised?
  • Is the argument easy to follow?
  • Do any points need further explanation?
  • Is the information presented in a fashion that is clear and intuitive to grasp?
  • Is the prose readable and grammatically correct?

 

I will provide an editorial letter answering these questions, with suggestions for improvement and revision. An IM/Skype consultation session can also be arranged at no extra charge. Optionally, I can also mark up the manuscript with suggestions and comments using the Track Changes function in Microsoft Word.

In order for you to evaluate my services, a preliminary consultation (involving the first 10-50 pages of your work) can be arranged. After this you may decide whether or not to proceed further.

Contact: bourkeen@gmail.com. Please put “Developmental Editing” and the kind of project you want me to work on in the subject line.


Fiction Developmental Editing

Genres: science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery (cosy and hard-boiled)

Rates: €2.75/USD$3.00/UK£2.50 per manuscript page (a manuscript page is conventionally assumed to be equivalent to 250 words).

What is involved:

I will read your manuscript in careful detail, with an eye to answering questions like:

  • How effective is the characterisation and character development?
  • How effective is the structure and the plot?
  • How effective is the pacing?
  • How effective is the voice?
  • Do the themes come across in a coherent way?
  • How effective is the worldbuilding?
  • Are there clichés of characterisation (in terms of gender, sexuality, or race) that could be dealt with in better ways?
  • How effective is the dialogue?
  • How effective is the treatment of potentially sensitive content?
  • Does the work provide a satisfying payoff at the conclusion?
  • Is the prose clear and readable?
  • Are there points of confusion for the reader?

 

I will provide an editorial letter answering these questions, with suggestions for improvement and revision. An IM/Skype consultation session can also be arranged at no extra charge. Optionally, I can also mark up the manuscript with suggestions and comments using the Track Changes function in Microsoft Word.

In order for you to evaluate my services, a preliminary consultation (involving the first 10-50 pages of your work) can be arranged. After this you may decide whether or not to proceed further.

Contact: bourkeen@gmail.com. Please put “Developmental Editing” and the kind of project you want me to work on in the subject line.


About me:

I hold a Ph.D in Classics from Trinity College, Dublin. I’m a historian by training. Since 2011, I have reviewed books professionally for a number of publications.

(If I work on your book, I will not thereafter review it.)