Ruler's Wit

Editing and proofreading

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Our team offers the different stages of fiction editing:

  • Development Editing
  • Editorial reports
  • Manuscript critiquing
  • Copy-editing
  • Proofreading

Development Editing

This is the first stage of editing a new manuscript – it is the big-picture storytelling. A development edit will present an editorial report together with notes and edits within the manuscript. This report is an assessment of how each of the different storytelling elements have been handled and contains suggestions of how the manuscript might be improved upon by strengthening them. These elements include: theme; genre; story; plot; structure; characters; point of view, scene, dialogue, voice and narrative style.

Your editor will make notes and edits within the manuscript using Track Changes. This will highlight specific instances of where the manuscript might be improved.

Editorial reports

An editorial report fits between a development edit and a manuscript critique. It does not look at spelling and grammar but will look at the manuscript chapter by chapter and highlight possible errors, plot holes, etc.

Manuscript Critique

A manuscript critique looks at the big-picture storytelling components, as with developmental editing, but no changes are made to the manuscript and a shorter, An report is given.


Copy-editors do a lot more than just correct errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, style and usage. Your copy-editor will read the text several times and in a work of fiction they may check for things like plot holes, consistency in characters (names, descriptions, etc.), viewpoint shifts, tense and sudden changes from first to third person, if they haven’t been ironed out in a development edit.


Proofreading is the final check before a document is sent for publication, and after a copy-edit has taken place and amendments made.

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