COPY-EDITING AND PROOFREADING

Copy-editing and proofreading are vital for refining your manuscript once all the big-picture issues are settled. They focus on the micro-level elements of your writing, such as grammar, punctuation, syntax, and formatting. See below for more details on each service, pricing, our editors, and more.

Copy-editing

Copy-editing involves reviewing the micro-level elements of your writing, such as grammar, punctuation, syntax, and formatting, and correcting any problems we encounter. We’ll also check your story for consistency and logic. At the end, you’ll get a clean copy and a marked-up copy of your manuscript so you can accept and reject changes as you like. We’ll also provide a style guide.

Proofreading

Proofreading involves a final check for grammar, punctuation, spelling, typos, and formatting errors before your manuscript is published or sent out to agents/publishers. Typically coming after the copy-edit, it’s the last stage in the editing process. Like with the copy-edit, we will provide a clean copy, a marked-up copy, and a style guide at the end.

Pricing

Pricing is based on word count. Use the calculators below to see the cost for your manuscript. Please enquire for bespoke pricing if your word count is less than 30,000 words or more than 160,000 words.

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How does it work?

How to book

If you’re interested in booking or you’d like to know more, send us a booking enquiry via one of the buttons on this page. Alternatively, email us at enquiries@thehistoryquill.com. Tell us a little about yourself and your story, as well as what type of editing you’re looking for.

Choosing an editor

Once you’ve decided to book, the first step is to choose an editor (see our list of copy-editors/proofreaders here). The choice is up to you, though we’re happy to make suggestions or allocate an editor if you wish. We’ll agree an editing slot based on your editor’s availability and when you think your manuscript will be ready.

Payment and submission

We’ll ask you to complete a booking form to secure your editing slot. You won’t pay anything until you submit your manuscript, which will be due the day before your slot begins. You’re welcome to send us your manuscript sooner if it’s finalised and you’re ready to pay. Once you’ve submitted your manuscript, we’ll ask you to pay in full.

The edit

When it’s time to complete the edit, your editor will review and amend your manuscript. We’ll provide you with the amended version (marked-up and clean), plus the style guide, before the end of your slot. You’ll then be able to ask us questions if you need clarification on any of our changes or further advice.

Do review the FAQ section at the bottom of this page for more details.

Editors

Naomi Munts

Naomi Munts

Copy-editor and proofreader

Sarah Dronfield

Sarah Dronfield

Copy-editor and proofreader

Cecily Blench

Cecily Blench

Copy-editor and proofreader

Rachael Mortimer

Rachael Mortimer

Copy-editor and proofreader

Tasha Onwuemezi

Tasha Onwuemezi

Copy-editor and proofreader

Testimonials

“I was thrilled with the service I received from The History Quill. The copy-edit and proofread they provided were thorough, punctual, and vital for giving my manuscript the professional polish I was aiming for. The team combined invaluable historical expertise with a forensic approach to grammar, punctuation, and consistency. When they spotted errors, they did an excellent job of explaining them in the accompanying style guide, and they answered my queries at the end thoughtfully and comprehensively.”

Penny Hampson

FAQ

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Which countries do you accept bookings from?

We welcome clients who are resident in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada (excluding Saskatchewan), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and any EU country. If you are not resident in one of these countries, unfortunately we won’t be able to accept your business at this time.

How long will the editing process take?

The exact timescale will depend on the length of your manuscript. Two to three weeks is typical.

Do you edit longer manuscripts?

Historical fiction manuscripts can often be a little longer than in other genres, and we’re happy to accommodate this. Our standard pricing accommodates manuscripts up to 160,000 words. If your manuscript is longer than this, get in touch and we will quote you a bespoke price.

Should I book in advance?

Yes, we advise booking one or two months in advance if possible.

Which sub-genres do you edit? Is there anything you don't edit?

We edit a wide range of takes on the historical fiction genre, including (but not limited to) time-slip, dual timelines, thrillers, romance, drama, action/adventure, mystery, children’s, YA, alternate history, and historical fantasy. We do reserve the right to turn down any project if our schedule doesn’t allow it or if we don’t feel it’s a good fit for us. If you’re not sure, just get in touch and ask.

What kind of support will I receive after my edit?

We provide email support to all clients following completion of an edit. We will answer up to three substantive emails of a reasonable length, which may contain requests to clarify any of our changes or to provide further advice on anything you’re not sure about. They should be sent within two months of completion.

What if I'm not satisfied with the work?

Our terms and conditions clearly outline expectations for our projects. If these haven’t been met by the deadline, we’ll offer you a full refund, claimable for 30 days following completion of the work.

What are your full terms and conditions?

You can view our full terms and conditions here.

How do I arrange payment?

You’ll pay in full on submission of your manuscript, which will be due the day before your editing slot begins. We accept payment by credit or debit card.

Which payment currencies do you accept?

We accept three payment currencies: USD, GBP, and EUR. The currency you pay in will depend on your country of residence. People resident in the UK will pay in GBP, people resident in the EU will pay in EUR, and people resident in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa will pay in USD.

How can I send you my manuscript, and how should it be formatted?

The best way is via email. Manuscripts should normally be sent as Microsoft Word documents.

Alliance of Independent Authors

We’re pleased to be a trusted partner member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and to adhere to their code of standards. Their Watchdog Desk, which vets author services for their ethics and professionalism, has given The History Quill the highest possible rating of ‘excellent’.

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