Queries, synopses, blurbs etc

Many authors find writing the synopsis, blurb and other supporting material far more difficult than the manuscript itself. But whether you’re self-publishing or submitting to agents, unfortunately there’s no avoiding it.

For existing editing clients, I can help and advise with the following:

  • query letters
  • synopses
  • back-cover blurbs
  • elevator pitches
  • biographies
‘Working with Nicky is a delightful experience. She was my editor on the covering letter for my novel, as well as its synopsis. She helped me improve and tighten my query and I believe it’s where it needs to be for submission to agents. Thank you, Nicky, for your expertise and your input!’

Iannis Sideris

Author, A Fall in Paris

Proofreading

Proofreading is the final polish, enabling you to publish with confidence, knowing that your readers aren’t going to be distracted by irritating typos and spelling mistakes. This is the last thorough review where I’ll look for any errors which have slipped through or been more recently introduced (during formatting, for example). This includes the following checks:

  • spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • clarity of meaning
  • consistency of style
  • typography
  • formatting

Proofreading is often used as a generic term, so many people think they want their work proofread when in fact they want a copy-edit. Once I’ve seen a sample, if it’s apparent that it needs editing rather than proofreading, I will advise you accordingly. Please note that I only offer proofreading for non-fiction, or for fiction that I have edited.

Please note: a line and copy-edit is not a substitute for a proofread. All edited texts will still benefit from a final proofread before publication, and I always recommend doing so. For self-publishing line and copy-editing clients, I will proofread the final formatted version at a significantly reduced rate.