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Fiction

 

Like me, you probably regard being a fiction writer as one of the greatest privileges imaginable.

To create your own unique world, populate it with your own carefully crafted characters and guide them to the conclusion of their story is a pretty satisfying way to spend your time.

So satisfying, in fact, that there’s only one thing better.

Sharing the world you’ve created with others.

Whether you’re planning to send your novel to a publisher or take the self-publishing route, you want to give yourself the best possible chance of success.

And that’s where I’d love to help you.

I’m an experienced editor and proofreader with a lifelong love of fiction who can help your work achieve its full potential.

This means removing any slips, errors and inconsistencies that could overshadow your writing, to ensure that your world and characters shine through.

For me the author’s voice will always be paramount - I’m just here to help you project it.

 

I support writers of the following genres:

  • Crime

  • Thriller

  • Mystery

  • Adventure

  • Comedy

  • Historical

  • Science fiction

  • Fantasy

Those genres aren’t ones I’ve picked at random. It’s simply that they are the ones I love reading and it’s important to me that I enjoy my work.

Editing

Grammar, punctuation, continuity, point of view and timelines are just some of the issues that can distract the reader and dilute the impact of your writing. I will ensure that your book:

  • Avoids slips and glitches and so has a professional feel

  • Flows in a logical and consistent way

  • Uses language appropriate for its intended audience

  • Follows accepted publishing conventions

  • Amplifies your voice

I will address a range of issues including:

  • Typos

  • Spelling

  • Grammar

  • Punctuation

  • Capitalisation

  • Tenses

  • Point of view

  • Ambiguities

  • Inconsistencies

  • Cliché

  • Missing information

  • Repetition

  • Chapter breaks

Proofreading

This is a less intense process than editing and provides your book with a final polish before it is sent to a publisher or self-published.

When authors correct problems identified by editing, they sometimes introduce new errors. By giving it a final sweep I can again check for issues such as:

  • Typos 

  • Spelling

  • Grammar

  • Punctuation

  • Tenses  

 

Find out more about how I can help you.                                                      

Non-fiction

 

Congratulations on finishing your book! It's a wonderful achievement which requires hard work and dedication in abundance.

 

Having invested a huge amount of time in producing your manuscript, it makes sense to get it in the best possible shape before you share it with the world.

Whether you're planning to send it to a publisher or self-publish, I can ensure your book reflects your knowledge and professionalism.

 

My specialist areas are:

  • Biography

  • Business

  • Economics

  • Politics

  • History

  • Current affairs

  • Media studies

  • Travel

  • Scriptwriting 

  • Sport

  • Film

  • Rock music

These subjects reflect my academic, professional and personal background and the expertise I possess makes me familiar with their language and terminology, something that is invaluable when editing or proofreading a book.

Editing

My editing service will amplify your voice and make your work more authoritative and compelling.

The one downside to your dedication is that, having lived and breathed the project for months or years, you are so close to it that you may not be able to spot its flaws.

By bringing a fresh pair of expert eyes to the process, I can remove the errors, ambiguities and inconsistencies that could disengage readers; I can ensure that the facts, theories and arguments you've structured in your head transfer seamlessly to the page.

Editing is about much more than spotting typos and poor grammar (though these are important) and I will provide a professional and consistent feel to help your work stand out from the crowd. 

I will ensure that your book:

  • Has a professional feel by avoiding slips and glitches

  • Flows in a logical and consistent way

  • Uses language appropriate for its intended audience

  • Follows accepted publishing conventions

  • Amplifies your voice

I will check your book for a range of issues including:

  • Typos

  • Spelling

  • Grammar

  • Punctuation

  • Capitalisation

  • Tenses

  • Ambiguities

  • Inconsistencies

  • Cliché

 

Proofreading

This is a less intense process than editing and provides your book with a final polish before it is sent to a publisher or self-published.

When authors correct problems identified by editing, they sometimes introduce new errors.

By giving it a final sweep I can again check for issues such as:

  • Typos 

  • Spelling

  • Grammar

  • Punctuation

  • Tenses      

 

Find out more about how I can help you.                                                                             

 

Business

Think of all the business achievements that you want to shout about.

It could be a great new product; the fantastic service you provide or the amazing special offer you're running.

When you tell your customers and potential customers, the last thing you want is for them to be distracted by errors and inconsistencies that create the wrong impression and undermine confidence.

I have a wealth of experience of helping organisations in the private, public and charity sectors engage effectively.

I'll ensure your words flow smoothly and compellingly to help entice customers and drive business to your door.

My expert editing service can help you with:

 

  • Websites

  • Brochures

  • Customer letters

  • Media releases

  • Newsletters

 

Issues I will address include:

  • Typos 

  • Spelling

  • Grammar

  • Punctuation

  • Capitalization

  • Tenses

Find out more about how I can help you.

I'm John Romans, a professional editor, proofreader and copywriter. Whether you are an author, publisher or business owner, I can help you project a professional image and engage effectively with your audience.

'John is an excellent editor. He is studious, comprehensive and delivers on time.'

                                                                                             Hodder & Stoughton.

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