writer's perspective. We always seek to offer honest, but constructive criticism. We always look for the positive attributes in your work, as well as the parts of your novel that need strengthening. We want to consider the novel as a whole and we take your work as seriously as you do.
After the editing is complete, you will receive your Word document with editing changes in "track changes" mode, so you can have the option of incorporating them into your work or deleting them if you choose. You also will receive an Editorial Letter. All editors at large publishing houses include an editorial letter with the marked manuscript. You will receive a similar letter. In it, we'll detail your strengths and your weaknesses, as well as our opinion on broader issues such as commercial viability, pace of the novel, character development and overall quality. Each Editorial Letter will be personalized to your manuscript.
How long will editing take?
Typical edits take about two to three weeks, and depend on the number of manuscripts Cara is currently editing. Cara will let you know about how long the edits will take.
What if I'm not completely satisfied with the edits? At Edit My Novel, your satisfaction is very important to us. Editorial opinions are subjective by nature. However, if at any time you are dissatisfied with the service at Edit My Novel, we will work with you until you are satisfied. We offer partial or full refunds, as well as re-edits. We will work with you to make sure you get the editing experience you seek. Our goal at Edit My Novel is to make your manuscript the best it can be.
Can my manuscript be refused? Cara Lockwood and Edit My Novel do reserve the right to refuse submissions. Commons reasons for refusal are obvious plagarism in the text, complete lack of coherence or heavy use of a language other than English. If your manuscript is declined, you will be issued a complete refund within 24 hours of being notified of the refusal.
How can I be sure my work will be kept confidential? Your story is yours alone to tell, and Edit My Novel will not use or share your work. A nondisclosure agreement is available upon request, which ensures your security and gives you peace of mind.
Do you charge for email communication? No. Email contact is completely free of charge.
Do you offer gift certificates? Yes, we do offer gift certificates. Email us with the amount you'd like to buy, the gift message you'd like included, the email address where you'd like us to send the certificate and the date you'd like it sent. We can process most gift certificates within two business days.
Will you accept manuscripts in paper (and not electronic) form? Yes, we will edit a paper manuscript. Contact us for more details.
*Consultation from Cara Lockwood, Inc and Edit My Novel do not guarantee a publishing contract. All editorial suggestions are subjective. Edit My Novel reserves the right to refuse any manuscript.
frequently asked questions
How do I get started? First, you can either choose your editing package and purchase it directly from the site, or you can email Cara for a quote on the specific word count of your novel. Cara can send you a customized invoice for your project, and you will email her your manuscript. It's that easy.
What if I don't know which package is best for me? Email us at any time with any questions you may have. We can help you find the best package for your needs.
What can I expect from the editing process? Editing isn't always painless. After all, you are submitting your work for a critique. However, at Edit My Novel, we understand a