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    Editing from Spiderwize

    Editing

    Have you seen that test about how the brain reads? Just in case you haven't, here it is:

    I cndoul't bvleiee taht I could autclaly uesdtannrd waht I was rdnaieg. Unisg the icndeblire pweor of the human mnid, aocdcrnig to rseecrah at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mttaer in waht oderr the lterets in a wrod are, the only irpoamtnt thing is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rhgit pclae. Tihs is bucseae the human mnid deos not raed ervey ltteer by istlef, but the word as a wlohe.

    Could you read that? This goes to show that even with a sentence you've never seen before, you can still read the words as they're intended. As the author, you're even more likely to miss spelling errors because you know what the sentence is supposed to say, so even if there's a letter wrong, you'll read it as being correct. The same applies for plot holes - you know what is going on in your plot, but have you let the readers know all the vital details? Plot holes are a lot harder to spot when you have foreknowledge of what's going on and why. That is why it is always a good idea to get someone else to read your work, and that is where the Spiderwize editors come in!

    We offer different levels of editing, and during the Free Evaluation we will assess which would best suit your needs:

    A basic proofread is when your writing is accomplished and you only have a few errors - perhaps one or two typos every few pages. You might decide that as there are only a few corrections to get a friend who can do that for you. (Just make sure they're good at reading closely and spelling and grammar!)

    A full proofread is when there are errors throughout the book - either spelling, grammar or punctuation - and it would be beneficial to your finished book to have it professionally proofread. Nothing puts a reader off like misplaced apostrophes or spelling mistakes littering a book! You can either choose a package which has proofreading included, or add it on to your package as an extra.

    The third is a full edit. Occasionally we find that a book needs more than just a proof-reader, it needs an editor. The difference is that proofreading normally focuses on spelling, punctuation and grammar alone, whereas an editor will look out for sentence structure, continuity, repetition, plot holes etc. It focuses much more on the content of the book. During the Free Evaluation we might conclude that your book has a good foundation and plot, but the writing needs to be improved to give it the best chance out in the world of published books! We will include in the Free Evaluation a few examples and how it could be improved so that you can see exactly what we mean. We will advise your Publishing Assistant the level of editing needed and they will be able to give you a quote based on the amount of work involved.
    If you decide to go ahead with a full edit we will make any changes we think necessary, including restructuring sentences (you can trust us - we only want the best for your book!). We will also highlight any areas of the plot we think need amending or if there are any plot holes, but we won't make any amendments to plot details without your input. It's still your book and the final decision will always rest with you - we're just helping you to give it the best start!