Working with an experienced editor will bring you closer to your ultimate goal – whether that’s getting your manuscript ready to submit to publishers; or publishing as an indie author.
Please note: I’m fully booked for freelance editing and development work at the moment. I recommend looking for an experienced editor through the Freelance Editors’ Network, or IPEd’s national directory of editors.
“Engaging Nicola for a structural edit of my debut novel was a watershed decision – I wouldn’t have a book deal without her brilliant revisions. Her input ramped up my story by several gears and at the same time made it more believable.” Sara Donovan, Love By Numbers
A structural edit helps you look at your manuscript from a reader’s perspective
Which point of view have you chosen to tell your characters’ stories?
Do the characters and plots suit your chosen genre and readership?
Are your characters active and engaging?
Is the story structure sufficiently compelling?
“Working with Nicola was a crash course in novel writing. I took her detailed structural edit in hand and reworked, filled out, cut, layered, fell in love with my characters and found magic.” DM Cameron, Beneath the Mother Tree
What will you get in a structural edit?
A written report that:
Analyses the key elements of story-telling in your manuscript (e.g. point of view, story structure, plot, characterisation, pace, setting, themes)
Offers advice on genre and readership (e.g. does your manuscript fulfil readers’ expectations?)
Helps you identify your story’s strengths
Provides practical suggestions to help you fix problems and make your story the best it can be.
“Nicola has worked with me over some years and several books. That editorial eye, that other point of view, is so precious. Especially when you know it’s coming from someone who likes the process of story generation, and is non-judgemental.” Posie Graeme-Evans, Wild Wood, The Island House, The Dressmaker
How much does a structural edit cost?
Up to 70,000 words: AU$1550
Up to 90,000 words: AU$1950
Up to 100,000 words: AU$2210
Up to 120,000 words: AU$2550
Up to 130,000 words: AU$2700
Up to 150,000 words: AU$2850
“Nicola saw what I was trying to achieve in my autobiography and provided amazing insight, turning my story from a chronological report to one that succeeded in conveying the right themes, emotion and interest to the reader. The result – a publishing deal. I cannot recommend Nicola highly enough.” Belinda Neil, Under Siege
If you’d like me to work with you on your manuscript, please email: nicola[at]nicolaoshea.com
If you’re not yet ready for a full structural edit, maybe you’d prefer an editorial consultation to discuss an extract from your work-in-progress?
Email me the first 5000 words of your manuscript and a one-page synopsis, and I’ll give you editorial feedback during a 45-minute online meeting or phone call.