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Editing and Proofreading with Athena Copy

Sending your manuscript to a virtual stranger, laying your hard work open to critique, can seem a daunting prospect. After all, you have sweated over your creation, poured your soul on to the pages, agonised over each turn of phrase, fallen in love with the characters. It's personal.

I know it's personal. That's why I make the process as uncomplicated as possible and seek to reassure you that I am on your side. All comments are constructive, all changes aim to make your voice clearer, not drown it out.

So, when you decide to take the plunge and seek my support this is what happens:


  • You complete the Get a Quote or Contact form, or send me an email. We will work out what your needs are and see if you feel comfortable with what you're hearing. 

  • At this stage I can carry out a free sample edit so that you can learn more about how the editing/proofreading process will work.

  • If we decide to go forward after the sample edit, we will discuss the quote, start date and deadline. In order to confirm your place in my calendar, I will ask for a small deposit. 

  • When your start date approaches, send me your manuscript, preferably in a Word document. A few days early is fine, if I'm able to start before the agreed date, I will.

  • Now the fun really begins. I will get started on your edit/proofread. It is fine to contact me to see how I'm getting on, though I will keep you updated anyway and probably send you queries if/when they crop up.

  • Either before your deadline or on the agreed day, I will send you the completed edit/proofread and the accompanying documents.  You will receive the manuscript with Track Changes switched on so that you can see all the changes that have been made and accept/reject/alter them, but you will also receive another copy with all changes accepted as this makes for easier reading. There will also be a style guide and possibly other documents, depending on what package was agreed.

  • At the same time, you will receive your invoice which needs to be paid within 30 days.

  • I will be available to answer any queries that you may have and assist with your own editing process. 

  • Let me know when you publish and I can promote your book on my social media accounts.

It really is very straightforward and I am available to answer queries every step of the way.

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