Comprehensive Edit

You'll Have Assistance to Evaluate and Develop the Content and Organisation of Your Manuscript or Document

I'll evaluate the content of your manuscript or document and give you feedback about the elements that are working well and which need further development. I'll also help you improve the effectiveness of your writing.

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You Have a First Draft of Your Manuscript or Document but You Know it Needs More Work

You've put time and effort into creating your manuscript or document. It's well on its way, though still unrefined and lacking in some way. Your story is going to be wonderful, it's just not there yet. You know it needs work, but you're uncertain of exactly what needs attention and how to go about making the changes it needs.

Does the plot need adjusting? Or do the characters need more depth? Have you got enough conflict and action? Or does it need an infusion of emotion? Is the pace breakneck and dizzying, or dragging like a zombie in chains? Are you caught up in cliché or bogged down in unrealistic dialogue?

You hesitate to hit the delete button and start rewriting because you don't want to scrap the good bits in your effort to remove the dross. You need help to identify what's working well and what needs improvement. You need guidance as to where to focus your attention and how to begin re-crafting your text. 

When I comprehensively edit your manuscript I'll evaluate the elements, and give you valuable advice and guidance on how to improve the plot, characters and scenes, as well as show you how to craft vibrant and effective language so that your story comes alive for readers. 

You'll continue writing your manuscript with enthusiasm and confidence, bringing your work to the next level: A high-quality, professional publication. 


How a Comprehensive Edit will Help You Write a High-Quality, Professional Manuscript or Document



Tell Me What You Need and Book Your Comprehensive Edit

Complete a form providing details about your manuscript and what you'd most like help with. I'll need to know the type of manuscript, how big it is, and other information that will help me understand how I can best help you.

Once I know what's required, and your timeline for your project, I'll confirm your booking. You can also book a call to discuss the project and your objectives with me. 


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Send Me Your Manuscript or Document

Send me your manuscript or document in your preferred format. I'll edit electronic documents or paper copy. Together we'll decide what will work best for you. 

Once I receive your document I'll begin your comprehensive edit. 

My edit will focus on higher order elements such as structure and organisation of the text, plot and character development, scene structure, writing style, and any consistent issues with punctuation, grammar and language. 

As I work through your document, I'll highlight sections for attention and write feedback either directly in the text below the highlighted section, or in comments at the side. This is not the time for every error in the text to be corrected. Your feedback will include description or explanation of the identified issues in the text, as well as advice, examples and suggestions for how to re-craft your work. Sometimes I'll even include resource links where you can find additional information that will help you grow your writing skills. 

You'll also receive a brief summary or report along with your edited manuscript. 

I'll keep in touch with you through the process, so that we can quickly address any queries, and keep you updated with the progress of your edit. If your manuscript is large, you may elect to receive your edited copy in stages. You also have the option of booking a call so we can discuss your feedback face-to-face. 



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Your Manuscript or Document is Returned

Once your comprehensive edit is complete, I'll return your manuscript or document to you. Your summary report will include recommendations for your next steps. If you have queries or need clarification, you can book a call to discuss your questions with me.

You'll have clear direction for your project and will be able to continue work on your manuscript with enthusiasm and confidence, bringing you closer to your final draft and your high-quality, professional publication.  


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Book Further Edits for Ongoing Feedback

As you continue work on your manuscript you may find that you'd like further feedback and advice. You can book additional edits if you'd like ongoing support through your project. 

Once your final draft is complete you'll be ready to book your copy edit or your proofread. 


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To find out if I can help you turn your manuscript into a high-quality, professional publication:

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What these Authors Say about Me

Author Tom  E. Moffatt
Tom E. Moffatt Author of Barking Mad
I highly recommend The Story Polisher. My manuscript had been through several edits and proofreads, and despite being quietly confident that there were no mistakes, I thought I’d get one more pair of eyes to go over it. And I’m so glad I did! The Story Polisher found four or five glaring errors that were missed by other professionals, as well as far too many inconsistencies and formatting issues. She finished the whole job within 48-hours, her communication was exceptional and the price very reasonable. I will certainly be getting all my manuscripts polished from now on.
Marj Griffiths
Marj Griffiths Author and Journalist
I recommend having your manuscript brought to life by Vicki. Her thoughtful suggestions will enhance your literary work. She is a skilled and accurate proof reader: thorough, meticulous and efficient. You'll find her to be knowledgeable, reliable, and encouraging. Her support, and contributions to the Rotorua Writers Group have been valuable, and appreciated by our members.
Mollie Smith Author
I've had Vicki critique some of my writing. Her feedback has always been spot-on, she's caught all kinds of mistakes, and offered suggestions on pacing, tension, and character development -- and better still, she offered honest feedback in a way that left me feeling energised and ready to tackle those edits. I love working with her. I was fortunate enough to work with Vicki on formatting an anthology for a local writers group. Her professionalism in making sure that their ebook was formatted correctly was second-to-none. She offered suggestions, listened to feedback, and made sure that the manuscript shined and was free of any errors. Can't recommend her enough.

Frequently Asked Questions for Comprehensive Edit

  • Does a comprehensive edit include rewriting of text?
    • No. I may provide examples of how text could be rewritten, but the goal is to support you to re-craft your own work.

  • Can I return my revised manuscript for further feedback?
    • Your comprehensive edit is for work on your original manuscript. If you'd like further edits and feedback on your revised manuscript, you'll need to book another edit.

  • Do I have to be a professional author or writer to book a comprehensive edit?
    • No, you don't have to be a published author or professional writer. I love to help new and emerging authors develop their manuscripts.

  • How do I know if a comprehensive edit is right for me?
    • You can begin by claiming your FREE copy edit for a sample of up to 800 words from your manuscript. And book a call to discuss your project with me. 

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