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Copy Editing for the Children's Book Market

WritersServices offers a comprehensive range of editorial services for authors writing for the children's market. All our services guarantee a high standard of professional care, and offer competitive rates and excellent value for money.

You can find a full listing of our editorial services for the children's market here.

What's different about copy editing for the children's book market?

Copy editing books written for children requires specialist skills and expertise. The editor will correct spelling, grammar and punctuation errors, fix problems with style, continuity and plot logic, and improve questionable word choices. In addition, they must pay particular attention to the vocabulary and imagery to ensure that it is appropriate, and check that the sentence structure and style is consistent and suitable for the target age group. If the book is intended for the international English language market, then further care is needed to identify and replace any misleading or inappropriate language.

Our team of specialist children's editors will edit your manuscript to the highest professional standard, and ensure that your work is perfectly tailored to your target audience.

We can also advise on placement and suitability of illustrations if required. Please let us know if you want us to include advice on illustrations in our editing package.

The children's copy editing package

We offer a brief assessment, and a sample edit (normally 1 - 2 pages) free of charge.

You will receive two copies of your manuscript: a track changes version, showing you exactly what the editor has done, and if necessary containing comments from the editor; and a clean copy, showing your manuscript with all the editorial changes accepted. We strongly recommend that you use the clean copy for any further changes or amendments.

If the editor thinks there are broader issues with your work, you will receive a note explaining the problems, with guidance on how to fix them.

We strongly recommend that you send your work to us as a standard Microsoft Word document. Other formats, such as pdf files, make editing much more difficult.

How much does it cost?

There is a minimum charge for all manuscripts up to 10,000 words of £150. Thereafter, our basic fee for children's copy editing is £10 per thousand words (£0.01 per word). So for a manuscript of 12,000 words the basic fee would be £170. Our final fee will depend on the condition of the manuscript and the amount of time and work required.

All fees are payable in advance.



We normally aim to return your work within two weeks of receipt of your manuscript and payment; our deadlines may change depending on the condition of the manuscript, or the volume of work we have. However, if you have a specific deadline, or you are working to a shorter timescale, we can arrange to return your work on a specific date.

Children's Editorial Services

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