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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 onto 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. 

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

  • When your start date approaches, I will send you the initial invoice and you will send me your manuscript in Word document format. 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 manuscript assessment/line edit/copy-edit. It is fine to contact me if you have any queries, though I cannot give you my feedback until I have completed my work. If I have any queries, I will get in touch by email.

  • Either before your deadline or on the agreed day, I will send you the completed manuscript assessment/line edit/copy-edit and the accompanying documents. All line edits and copy-edits include a style sheet.

  • At the same time, you will receive your invoice which needs to be paid within 30 days or before the next stage of work begins (for a Double-Pass Edit), whichever is sooner.

  • I will be available to answer any queries that you may have to assist with your revision 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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