The Book Editing Service is the second layer of our proofreading services for writers and authors.
In this service, our editors scrutinise your book, novel, play or any other script for more aspects than those covered by the Book Proofreading Service.
In addition to a thorough check of grammar, punctuation and spelling, the case editor would look at two more elements: your choice of words and the way you structured your sentences.
The suggestions and changes introduced by the editor as part of this service would not affect your own style of writing, presentation of idea, tone or the overall structure.
1. Grammar check
a) Subject-verb agreement
Original: My friend and I am planning to go the cinema this afternoon.
Edited: My friend and I are planning to go the cinema this afternoon.
b) Use of conjunctions and conjunctive adverbs
Original: It’s wise to take care of your belongings in a crowded place otherwise you may lose them.
Edited: It’s wise to take care of your belongings in a crowded place; otherwise, you may lose them.
c) Use of tenses
Original: I went to the farm to see if any of the hens had lay an egg.
Edited: I went to the farm to see if any of the hens had laid an egg.
d) Use of modifiers, possessive adjectives or pronouns, and split infinitives
Original: The old lady has lived here for many years so she is well-known to us.
Edited: The old lady has lived here for many years, so she is well known to us.
Original: A friend of her used to visit every Sunday.
Edited: A friend of hers used to visit every Sunday.
Original: My family helped me to successfully reach my goal in life.
Edited: My family helped me to reach my goal in life successfully
e) Use of the apostrophe, or lower and upper case.
Original: My mothers house is in the middle of town.
Edited: My mother’s house is in the middle of town.
Original: Our town is very old and it has had a Mayor for centuries.
Edited: Our town is very old and it has had a mayor for centuries.
2. Spelling check
cheek (check), grammer (grammar), loose (lose - as a verb), believes (beliefs - as a noun), proof read (proofread), weak (week) etc.
Original: We enjoy visiting the peninsular but it is very windy there.
Edited: We enjoy visiting the peninsula but it is very windy there.
Hum (Hume), Aristole (Aristotle), Daved (David) etc
Original: Many Welsh princes were called Llywellyn.
Edited: Many Welsh princes were called Llywelyn.
* They wanted too (to) discuss this in their academic paper.
* The researcher has recommended they sotp (stop) making mistakes and use English proofreading services.
* In the peeface (preface), they explained what they will investigate in their book.
* Proofreading services are impotent (important).
Original: It has been three yaers since we last met.
Edited: It has been three years since we last met.
We will replace any American words or expressions with British equivalents, or vice versa, as exemplified below:
* Learned (American) Learnt (British)
* Focussed (American) Focused (British)
* Center (American) Centre (British)
* Elective (North American) Optional course of study (British)
* Characterize (American) Characterise (British)
Example: (where client requires American English)
Original: Travelling is an expensive pastime but it certainly broadens the mind.
Edited: Traveling is an expensive pastime but it certainly broadens the mind.
3. Punctuation check
a) The comma
Original: The garden of the big house was famous for its roses, and tulips.
Edited: The garden of the big house was famous for its roses and tulips.
b) The colon
Original: There was a major sports event in the city: and the roads were very busy.
Edited: There was a major sports event in the city and the roads were very busy.
c) The semicolon
Original: The house was very near the airport, it was a noisy place.
Edited: The house was very near the airport; it was a noisy place.
d) Quotation marks
Original: The tour guide said firmly wear helmets in the cave.
Edited: The tour guide said firmly, "Wear helmets in the cave."
4. Word choice
In English, some words have a greater impact than others; and there are words that fit certain purposes more than others do, or convey the meaning in a better and more succinct way.
Original: The mountains are very nice because they are big.
Edited: The mountains are particularly impressive because of their massive height.
5. Sentence structure
One recurrent problem that we often come across in book editing and proofreading is what we call run-on sentences...i.e sentences that are excessively long.
Original: Our holiday began with a taxi journey to the railway station from where we travelled by a fast train to the airport, then we went through the pre-flight formalities and then had a meal because it was still an hour before the flight, when we landed at our destination we took a taxi to the hotel where we had a rest because the journey left us tired.
Edited: Our holiday began with a taxi journey to the railway station from where we travelled by a fast train to the airport. On arrival at the airport we went through the pre-flight formalities and as we had to wait another hour for the flight we had a meal. When we arrived at our destination we took a taxi to the hotel, where we had a rest because the journey left us tired.