CopyRight Editing

Are you seeking an editor for your novel/non-fiction book?

Contact me for a chat and a free one-hour sample edit!


What I offer:

When I’m asked to edit other authors’ books, they generally ask for a ‘bit of everything’ edit – so that’s what I do. This includes:

  • Comments and suggestions on structure, character development, and areas which could be strengthened, e.g. chapter endings, use of direct rather than reported speech
  • Full copy-editing, covering spelling, grammar, word repetition, and inconsistencies in syntax
  • Line editing, looking at style, word choices, redundant sentences, tone, and inconsistencies in character/plot
  • Proofreading as I go

What I edit:

First of all, I edit in British English only, because that’s what I speak and write.

I specialise in mystery, crime, thriller, contemporary fiction, humorous fiction and non-fiction, since I read all these and consider I have a more complete knowledge of how they work structurally. I also read and write Victorian historical fiction, so I’d be happy to edit that too. If you’re not sure whether your book fits within my editing scope, please do contact me for a chat.

What you can expect:

As I do an all-in-one type edit, I charge a flat rate of £16 per hour.

Once you’ve contacted me, and hopefully sent me the first few thousand words of your manuscript via email, I will do a 1-hour sample edit within the next few daysThis will be done electronically in Word or Pages using Track Changes, so that you can see exactly what I’ve done and choose whether to accept or reject my amendments. I will also, on the basis of that hour’s work, provide an estimate of how many hours’ work it would take me to edit the whole manuscript, and the total cost.

If you decide to proceed with the edit, we’ll agree timescales and payment terms at that point. I only edit one book at a time so that I can focus on it properly, so my availability may depend on what else I have booked in. However, I would expect to turn a 80,000-word book around in 2 weeks. If you need an edit doing ASAP, I may be able to accommodate you: but this will incur an additional charge.

Why choose me to edit your book?

  • I’m very clear about what I do and don’t edit. I won’t take on an editing assignment outside my skillset, so if I do a sample edit for you and I don’t think I’m the right fit, I’ll be honest about it.
  • While I’m a nice person (of course), I’m also picky. I’m the sort of person who notices errors in traditionally-published books. I WILL pick up typos, wrong words, anachronisms, clunky sentences, and inconsistencies.
  • I have gained experience not just through editing my own fiction, but also during my former career in the corporate side of the NHS. I was *that* person who proofed documents, double-checked newsletters, rewrote reports to get the main points into half the space…and now you can benefit from that!
  • As of April 2020, I’ve written and published ten novels and co-written six more, as well as novellas, novelettes, and short stories. I also read widely and have a degree in English Language and Literature and a master’s degree in Victorian Literature. I know about books!

Testimonials:

I cannot recommend Liz enough. She is friendly, approachable and has helped my writing enormously, as well as giving me solid general advice about publishing as a whole. If you are looking for a new editor, then Copyright Editing is the place you should bring your work.

– Robert Needham

I would not hesitate to recommend Liz’s services. Following a sample edit, I had every confidence in her abilities, and I was delighted with the end result. As well as picking up grammatical and punctuation errors, Liz made many helpful suggestions and identified areas that simply didn’t make sense! Prompt, professional and good-humoured, I’m thrilled to call her my editor and look forward to working with Liz again.

– Audrey Cowie

Liz edited two of my books to a really high standard. She made useful, constructive observations and suggestions at a highly competitive price. I highly recommend her work.

– Paula Harmon

Many thanks to Liz Hedgecock for the professional and speedy edit which she did for me on my latest book.
Her ideas were excellent and have made the finished work polished and a more commercial product.
The edits were easy to see and correct. Very pleased with the service I had and would use her as an editor again in a heartbeat.

– Carol Bissett

Liz writes and edits to the highest standard of English of anyone I know, and I say this as someone who’s massively fussy. She knows fiction writing and she is, as she says, very approachable. Highly recommended.

– Judith Leask


So if I sound like someone you can work with, contact me to book in your free one-hour sample edit!

Alternatively, if you’re interested in keeping in touch for now, please like/follow my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CopyRightEditing

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