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Editing Services

When you’ve done the hard work and got a completed manuscript in your hand it’s an incredibly and terrifying experience that can only be beaten by holding your complete, published manuscript. Writing a book is the most daunting prospect imaginable, so kudos to you for getting this far, but brace yourself for an ugly truth: editing is just as hard.

In fact, it can frequently be harder.

My professional editing services are here to usher you from that raw first draft to the final, perfected product. A fresh pair of eyes is essential to drawing out the best in your book, with developmental editing editing available to help you with your concept before you ever pen that first draft, and line-by-line or copy-editing to smooth out your prose and ensure every line is polished to perfection.

Melanie Nolan, Elegant Twist

"It's been wonderful to work with Hazel. She's extremely talented. She's giving me loads of valuabe advise on my books. She's flexible, reliable, patient with requests and quick to respond with quality advice."
The Write Copy Girl
2016-05-29T10:54:51+00:00
"It's been wonderful to work with Hazel. She's extremely talented. She's giving me loads of valuabe advise on my books. She's flexible, reliable, patient with requests and quick to respond with quality advice."

Heather Craig, Interior Designer

"Thank you, lovely Hazel, for the amazing job you did on my book! I was sooooo fed up looking at it (never mind wasting hours and days). Your highly professional handling of it and adjusting little things made such a difference."
The Write Copy Girl
2016-05-29T22:03:35+00:00
"Thank you, lovely Hazel, for the amazing job you did on my book! I was sooooo fed up looking at it (never mind wasting hours and days). Your highly professional handling of it and adjusting little things made such a difference."

Kylie Fieldhouse, KFH Accounting

"Hazel is amazing, so patient, knows the answers to all those questions you have and really guides you through the process, boosting you when you need it. I learnt so much from working with Hazel when writing my book and she made the process really smooth."
The Write Copy Girl
2016-05-29T22:27:08+00:00
"Hazel is amazing, so patient, knows the answers to all those questions you have and really guides you through the process, boosting you when you need it. I learnt so much from working with Hazel when writing my book and she made the process really smooth."

Sally Tierney, Yorkshire Garden Designer

"The book launch went really well. I'd like to thank you for the great job you did in making sure that the book read well and that the right message came across."
The Write Copy Girl
2016-05-29T22:28:44+00:00
"The book launch went really well. I'd like to thank you for the great job you did in making sure that the book read well and that the right message came across."

Janet Hill, Founder & Editor at MeMeMe

"Hazel is efficient and reliable. She's organised, thorough, and dependable when it comes to deadlines. She delivers high-quality content quickly, has great ideas, and understands what I want. She is a great help in moving my business forward, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her."
The Write Copy Girl
2016-06-02T11:05:14+00:00
"Hazel is efficient and reliable. She's organised, thorough, and dependable when it comes to deadlines. She delivers high-quality content quickly, has great ideas, and understands what I want. She is a great help in moving my business forward, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her."
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Developmental Editing

Developmental editing provides a deep dive into your manuscript. It can begin before you start writing, with help developing the idea you have for your book, or it can come once you have a draft you’re reasonably happy with. As writers we get so close to our words it’s tough to view them objectively, see the areas that aren’t working, and think of ways to make the whole even greater.

If you feel your book is lacking in focus, developmental editing will help you find the best path for your audience, business, and the marketability of your book. The process will smooth out your tone so that it is consistent throughout, clarify every detail so your meaning is completely clear to your audience, and ensure you have a strong structure with great flow throughout.

 

It’s An Immersive Process…

It goes far beyond correcting grammatical and punctuation errors, or pulling you up on spelling mistakes and typos. You can expect a challenge, an objective perspective from a person completely unafraid to voice their honest opinion, even when you don’t like it.

And you won’t like it! I’ve been through this process myself often enough to know there will be a point you get really pissed off with your editor’s suggestions, not because they’re wrong, but because constructive criticism is still criticism, and we all have a limit. Writing is a very personal endavour and it can feel like your editor is criticising you, personally, when they say a chapter needs work, question why something has been included at all, or tell you there’s something missing that you really don’t want to add in.

When you signup for developmental editing you’re not handing your book over to your mum, your best mate, or a yes-woman who will gush over how awesome it is.

You’re entrusting your book baby to someone who shares your goal of creating the best possible finished manuscript and a high-value asset for your business.

If you want someone to smooth out the rough edges and make sure your book isn’t full of mistakes, go for a line-by-line or copyedit and a solid proofread.

But if you want to make damn sure the book you unleash on the world is a game-changer that exceeds even your own expectations, and you feel it will benefit from another expert stepping in to share the creative burned, developmental editing is the perfect solution.

What’s Included…

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Structure

Help ensuring you have a strong and coherent structure throughout your book.
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Tone

Clarifying your tone and esnuring it is consistent throughout
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Clarity

Drawing out the full meaning of your book and ensuring total clarity for your audience.

Themes

Help developing the themes and content of your book so they are strong and fully-realised.

Focus

Keeping your book tightly focused on core points.
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A Challenge

An expert eye to challenge your expectations, assertions, and relieve you of some of the creative burden.

Line By Line Editing

Line editing isn’t quite as in-depth as developmental editing in terms of theme and idea development, however it’s still a very detailed edit. As the name suggests, the focus is on considering your book one line at a time, honing and perfecting every single sentence until it’s perfect. The line editor takes long hard look at the creative content of your book, looking at spelling, grammar, and syntax as a copyeditor would, but also considering your language, phrasing, style and the overall consistency and meaning of your work.

A line edit will perfect the flow of your book, ensuring it’s seamless from start to finish, with totally fluid thoughts and ideas laid out in a clear, concise, and consistent way. Every sentence will be smoothed out, ever word checked to make sure it’s the best possible choice.

What’s Included…

Creative Content Check

Offering a detailed assessment of the creative content in your book including your tone, the emotions you’re conveying, and clarity of your words. A line-by-line edit will not only improve your current book but boost your writing abilities by helping you understand what needs improving, why, and how to do it.
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Style

An assessment of your writing style to ensure it’s consistent and appropriate for your audience.
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Language Use

Assessing your use of language and how effectively it communicates your message and theme.

Sentence/Paragraph Perfection

Looking at each individual sentence and paragraph to ensure they are as perfect as possible, both individually and as a whole.

Flow

Smoothing out the flow of your book from start to finish.

Micro Management

Keeping track of all fine details to ensure every single word is the best possible choice.

Copyediting

Copyediting is the process of transforming your raw manuscript into a polished book ready for publication. It’s the final editing stage before proofreading your manuscript, and can sometimes be the only editing you pay for if you’re confident in your own abilities to develop and edit your initial draft to a high standard. If your book has already been fully developed to the point you are happy with the content, themes, and structure, and now want to ensure it is technically perfect, a copyedit is the way to go.

The process will smooth out your whole book from start to finish, ensuring it’s easy to follow, accurate and free from inconsistencies and errors, and fit for your intended purpose and audience. Copyediting will also check for anything that has been omitted, which needs adding, repetition and anomalies, and thoroughly check your spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax for any potentially embarrassing mistakes, or misused words. It will also highly any potential legal issues such as libel or plagiarism.

What’s Included…

Technical Content Check

Checking the technical accuracy of your book to correct flaws and ensure your language and style conform to your chosen standard.
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Fact Checking

Highlights any incorrect or ambiguous facts or statements.

Macro Management

Keeping track of the macro issues at work in your book, like internal consistency, and consistency of spelling, word usage, etc.

Advanced Spell Check

A thorough correction of all spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax errors, as well as checking for consistency in elements like dashes, hyphens, spelling, capitalisation, hyphenation etc.

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Some Of The Books I’ve Worked On…

The Busy Mum's Guide To Small Business Financial Records

By Kylie Fieldhouse, KFH Accounting

The Garden Equation

By Sally Tierney, The Yorkshire Gardener

Budgeting Your Wedding

By Melanie Nolan, Elegant Twist

Gender Identity And Sexuality In Current Fantasy And Science Fiction

Edited By Francesca T Barbini

Brave New Girls

Vol. 1 Edited By Paige Daniels And Mary Fan

Brave New Girls

Vol. 2 Edited By Paige Daniels And Mary Fan

All The Night-Tide

By Hazel Butler

Chasing Azrael

By Hazel Butler

Bleizgeist

By Hazel Butler

Out Of The Dark

Edited By Hazel Butler

Willow, Weep No More

Edited By Zoe Harris

Mortis Comoedia

By Aurora Walderhaug, Edited By Hazel Butler

Why Work With Me?

Hazel Butler is a best selling urban fantasy author and creator of The Divine Blogging Design, an innovative content marketing strategy specifically designed for creative entrepreneurs. As a freelance writer, editor and proofreader, Hazel has been helping entrepreneurs and fellow authors publish their own brand of brilliance since 2013. Her own published works include Divine Blogging, a guide to her signature content marketing method, several papers published in international academic journals, a novel, two novellas, and several short stories.

When not chained to a keyboard or buried beneath a mountain of books, Hazel wanders the wilderness with her faithful King Charles Cavalier, indulges her inner Geek, and attempts to play the piano.

In a former life she was an archaeologist and lecturer at Bangor University.