Editing and beta reading services for independent authors

You want people to enjoy reading your books, but typos, grammatical errors or a plot inconsistency can be off-putting to your readers. They could lose interest and put your book down unfinished, or leave a less-than-favourable review. Whether you're at the beginning or the end of writing your novel, a beta read (early manuscript review), edit or proofread will improve your work.

I have experience proofreading, editing and beta reading YA (young adult), MG (middle grade), fantasy, sci-fi, romance, action-adventure and thriller. Although I am happy to work on other genres. I have proofread and edited in UK and US English, and I've worked with people whose first language is not English.


Early manuscript review (beta reading) service

I will work with you to ensure there are no plot or character inconsistencies in your book. I will also tell you if I found your story compelling, if I liked the characters or if I figured out the plot twist before chapter three. Click the button below to find out more about my early manuscript review service.

Proofreading and editing services

I will correct typos, misspellings and grammatical errors. Your text will be aligned to your preferred style sheet (available as part of my copy-editing or proof-editing services). As part of these services, I offer to work through a 500–1,000 word sample of your text for free so that you can evaluate my services with a real example, and I can figure out how long it will take me to edit your entire book. I'll provide a quote when I return the edited sample. The price will depend on the level and extent of the service required. Find out more about the editing services I offer in the downloadable flyer below (PDF).

I use the Track Changes tool in Word so that you can review each of my edits and decide if you wish to accept or reject them. I can also use the Adobe commenting tools on PDF if you prefer (proofreading service only). I have experience working with different style sheets. I'm willing to work with your publisher's style guide, or I can help you develop your own style sheet if you don't have one.

How it works

The first step is to send me (tori@seymourproofreading.co.uk) the following:

  • a description of your book and exact word count

  • your schedule/deadline and budget

  • the service you require (proofread or copy-edit)

  • the format of your file (Word or PDF)

  • a representative 500–1,000 word sample of your text

I can then let you know if the work can be fitted into my schedule. If so, I'll work on your sample and return it to you within two days with your quote. If you would prefer not to send a sample until I can confirm availability, then please send details of your work, word count, deadline and budget.

"Victoria was amazing. Her notes were easy to understand and very concise, clearly showing me where I needed to improve. Not only did she help me a lot in polishing my work but it was in no time! If you want your manuscript to have much better grammar and a lot fewer mistakes — plot holes as well — she is the person. Thanks Tori!"