In addition to copy-editing and proofreading, a substantive editing service is available.
This involves working very closely with the author to make sure that all the elements in the novel, such as the plot, characters, tone, pace, style and setting, fit together into a coherent whole. As such, the editor is the author’s greatest critical friend and their chief ally in working collaboratively to achieve a successful outcome.
Therefore, if required by the author, help is available with the rewriting or rewording of small or larger sections of text. Not all authors will want this service, and this is perfectly understandable, but sometimes another ‘eye’ on the draft can really help to clarify and illuminate the original intended thought by suggesting an alternative word, phrase, sentence or paragraph.