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​Bowler Fern provides a competitive editorial service for works of fiction or non-fiction before submission to agents or publishers.

 

Our priority is to provide you with a prompt and friendly feedback process on your work.  Our approach is focussed on courteous, constructive critique.  We will eliminate obvious errors and check for inconsistencies, but our aim is also to help you to maintain your own style to make it as strong as it can be. We have three levels of service. 

 

Bowler Fern provides a competitive editorial service for works of fiction, autobiography and non-fiction before submission to agents or publishers.

 

Our priority is to provide you with a prompt and friendly feedback process on your work.  Our approach is focussed on courteous, constructive critique.  We will eliminate obvious errors and check for inconsistencies, but our aim is also to help you to maintain your own style to make it as strong as it can be.

 

We have three levels of service. 

 

Standard proof-read: Tracked changes in the final version of your work, correcting any grammatical, spelling, punctuation or format errors. You will receive a 'clean' copy of the manuscript (MS) along with the proofed original.

 

Précis service: This is line or content editing carried out using tracked changes. We will be looking at:


  • Grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Consistency issues (red scarf on page 22, green scarf on 24)
  • Repetitions and redundancies
  • Dialogue format
  • Dialogue realism
  • Format consistency
  • Pacing and proportionality

    Recommendations and explanations for changes will be given in the annotations of the proofed text. You also receive a 'clean' copy of the edited document which shows you how the MS looks once all the tracked changes have been accepted. This 'clean' copy doesn't commit you to anything—it's simply a means of reading through the end result of the proof more quickly and easily. However, if you like the changes recommended, using this as your base will make your next run-through much quicker.
     

    The full critique:

    You get the precis service as set out above and a critique document covering global issues regarding plot, character, pacing and proportionality, perspective management, and dialogue. Any persistent issues with grammar or format will also be picked up.

    The critique document is very detailed and provides a service called 'developmental editing', where the story is tackled first and foremost, leaving the technical and craft issues in the line-edit.

    With the full critique, you receive:
  • A critique document
  • The line edit
  • The clean copy


If you are interested i​n any of our services, you can view our price structure here.