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Editing and Critique for Longer Works
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Short Story / Flash Fiction Collections (including Novellas-in-Flash)

I am happy to work with authors on short fiction collections at all stages of the journey towards publication:

 

  • Structural Review - is your collection complete but you are unsure which stories are working well, whether you've got them in the strongest order, whether there is a thematic thread that holds everything together? In a structural review, I'll read your complete collection and provide a 1500-2000 word report that walks you through possible next steps, which stories could perhaps use some work, whether you might consider writing additional pieces to balance the whole and whether there are opportunities to strengthen the order.

  • Line Edit - are you happy with the structure of your collection but want to sharpen things up at a word / sentence level? In a line edit, I'll work through your collection and provide in-line edits on details such as word choice, tone, readability, concision, rhythm and flow as well as highlighting typos and grammatical errors.

  • Proof Edit - is your collection complete or perhaps already picked up for publication and now you need someone to cast a final eye over the text? In a proof edit, I'll thoroughly proofread your collection for typos, spelling and grammatical errors, inconsistencies and issues with formatting. I'll also suggest quick-win edits that you might consider to improve concision, readability and flow.

To enquire about my availability, please email matt@mattkendrick.co.uk letting me know:

  • your name

  • the word count of your collection

  • an idea of what you are looking for in terms of review / editing

  • any time frames (i.e. competition deadlines) you are working towards

 

Please put 'Editing Request' plus the title of your collection as the email's subject and include a one-story sample from your collection either as an attachment or in the body of the email. Please note that I only take on editing work for collections where I feel the project is at the appropriate stage for the requested work.

Prices are bespoke depending on the word count, the type of review / edit and the level of intervention needed. As a rough guide, I charge in the region of £4 per 1000 words for a structural review, £8 per 1000 words for a line edit and £4 per 1000 words for a proof edit.

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Novels

If you are working on a novel then I offer several options to help you at the different stages of your novel-writing journey and am happy to create a bespoke package to serve each individual writer's needs:

  • Structural Review - have you completed your first draft but aren't sure where to go next? In a structural review, I'll read your novel and provide a 5000+ word report that includes a framework of the narrative arc as it appears from a reader's perspective, and thoughts on structure, style, pacing, characterisation, voice, emotional resonance and thematic progression. Prices start at £320 for novels below 80,000 words with an additional £40 reading fee for each 10,00 words on top of that.

  • Line Edit - are you happy with the structure of your novel but want to sharpen things up at a word / sentence level? In a line edit, I'll work through your manuscript and provide in-line edits on details such as word choice, tone, readability, concision, rhythm and flow as well as highlighting typos and grammatical errors. Prices are bespoke depending on the level of intervention required but as a rough guide, I normally charge £8 per 1000 words.

  • Proof Edit - are you self-publishing but want a second pair of eyes on your manuscript before you make it available for sale? In a proof edit, I'll thoroughly proofread your manuscript for typos, spelling and grammatical errors, inconsistencies and issues with formatting. I'll also suggest quick-win edits that you might consider to improve concision, readability and flow. Prices are bespoke depending on the level of intervention required but as a rough guide, I normally charge £4 per 1000 words.

  • Submission Review - are you thinking about submitting your novel to an agent but want to get it polished up before you do. In a submission review, I'll look at your cover letter and your synopsis along with the first 10,000 words of your novel. I'll provide a 2000+ word report full of actionable feedback on what is and isn't working in the three elements of your submission package. The price for this service is £80.

To enquire about my availability, please email matt@mattkendrick.co.uk letting me know:

  • your name

  • which of the above options you are interested in

  • the word count of your manuscript

  • any time frames (i.e. competition deadlines) you are working towards

 

Please put 'Editing Request' plus the title of your novel as the email's subject and include a one-chapter sample either as an attachment or in the body of the email. Please note that I only take on editing work for novels where I feel the project is at the appropriate stage for the requested work.