Our services

Coles & Lopez offers manuscript assessment/structural editing, copy-editing and proofreading. In preparing a book for press, all of these steps are important, and so is their order. If a commercial publisher accepts your book for publication, it will take care of copy-editing and proofreading (sometimes, though, we advise a copy-edit before submission). If you are self-publishing, you’ll need to arrange these steps for yourself.

 
 

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Manuscript assessment/structural editing

When you need it: You’ve completed a draft of your manuscript that you’re happy with. Now, you want honest, constructive feedback from an expert.

What we do: We do a close read of your manuscript and produce a report for you (usually about five typed pages). This will cover aspects such as writing style, plot, character, structure and dialogue, reflecting on strengths and weaknesses and offering suggestions for possible improvements.

What’s next: First, you revise your manuscript based on any of our feedback that you agree with. You might want to come back to us at this stage, for further in-depth work, or you might decide to start submitting to agents or publishers. Otherwise, if you are self-publishing, the next step is a copy-edit.

 
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Copy-edit

When you need it: You’ve been through the manuscript assessment/structural editing process and have created a fresh draft based on that. Now, you want to tidy and polish your manuscript so it’s the best version of itself it can be and is ready to be turned into a book.

What we do: We work through your manuscript, line by line, making sure that you’re saying what you need to say as efficiently and effectively as possible, consistently, factually, and using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. We work in Microsoft Word, using track changes and adding comments wherever necessary. You then review the copy-edited version.

What’s next: If you underwent this copy-edit so your manuscript would be ready for agents or publishers, it’s time to start submitting. If you’re handling publication yourself, you can now send your manuscript off to your designer/typesetter, who will apply formatting, styles and graphics so your book looks like it will in hard copy. Once the typesetting is complete, it’s time for proofreading.

 
 

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Proofread

When you need it: Your copy-edited manuscript has been laid out by a designer/typesetter, and they’ve supplied you with page proofs: PDFs showing what your book will look like when printed. Now, you need to make sure no errors show up the final product.

What we do: We do a close check of every page proof, looking for design errors (incorrect page numbers, missing text, inconsistent formatting, etc.) and any typos that escaped the copy-editor’s attention. (Note the copy-edit and proofread should be done by two different people.) We work in Adobe Acrobat, adding mark-up to the PDF that shows the designer where changes need to be made.

What’s next: Congratulations – once your designer has taken in the proofreader’s corrections, you’re ready to go to press!

 
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Contact us for a no-obligations quote

 
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