Because we deal directly with authors and publishers we can keep our prices low. Whatever your budget, you should be able to access our services
We put the needs of our clients first. Our standards are high, and whatever package you choose we guarantee the same level of quality and commitment
Our Senior Editor is a writer, grammarian and narratologist. He has devoted his life to the study of writing and is always as good as his word
Over 25 Years Experience
Our team are all highly qualified professionals, with over 25 years of combined publishing experience as graphic designers, writers, and editors
Our Book Surgery
This flexible and versatile editorial service is available for book length manuscripts (fiction and non-fiction), short stories, articles, extracts and proposals. Our Developmental Editor (who also assesses manuscripts and mentors for The Literary Consultancy) will read your work in full and then compile a detailed critique of your writing, giving you an idea of your level of professional competence and offering targeted instruction to help you refine your style and project. The Critique is tailored to your individual needs, covering, for example, the structure of the narrative, its commercial viability, its suitability and options for publication, and realistic advice on routes of progression, such as creative writing courses, general editing, or literary agencies. Critiques vary in length according to the size of the manuscript, but are usually between 3000 and 8000 words long (so about 15 to 25 pages). Fiction is analysed according to genre, concept, originality, plot, narrative pacing, characters, dialogue, and setting, as well as the technical aspects of structure: coherence, continuity of style, and narrative organisation. Non-fiction, business, and academic writing is assessed for clarity and originality of argument, use of evidence (primary and secondary sources), referencing, style and narrative structure. Whether you’re writing romance, biography, history, science or a corporate report, you are always, in effect, telling a story, and we can help you tell that story better, more clearly, and in a more saleable form. Detailed feedback from an experienced author, editor, teacher and critic will aid your growth as a writer, and strengthen the best qualities of your work while identifying areas in need of improvement, telling you honestly when to re-write, and when and how to go public. Whether you’re targeting an agent or your intention is to self-publish, our ‘Book Surgery’ will help you get your project fit for purpose. If you’re considering self-publishing, this service is highly recommended for quality control. Custom editorial support is also available.
Proofreading is the last stage of typographic editing before a manuscript goes public, either into paper or digital print, or as a formal submission to a literary agent or publisher. By this point, all the heavy editorial lifting should have been done, leaving only a galley proof to be checked before it becomes a book. Since the advent of domestic word processing, authors are expected to make their manuscripts word perfect and camera ready (prepared for printing). In the same way that you wouldn’t go to a job interview in a shabby suit, you cannot ever risk submitting your written work for public and professional scrutiny without first ensuring that the text is correctly formatted and free of typographical and grammatical errors. Even with modern software, this is harder than it sounds – having worked so closely and for so long on a piece, the chances are that you are no longer noticing typos because you are so focused on your narrative. We are here to help, and to take the pressure off as you finalise your project. Proofreading is, however, concerned only with the accuracy of the text as it is written, and is intended for the final draft of a document; if you would like help with content, structure and style then you need either our copy-editing service or a critique.
Copy-editing is intended to improve the style, organisation, accuracy, and formatting of a text, essentially combining proofreading with general editing (minor re-writing and the highlighting of sentences or sections that are ungrammatical, unsuccessful or just plain incongruous). The credo of the copy-editor is commonly expressed through his or her commitment to the ‘Five Cs,’ in which a text must be made: ‘Clear, Correct, Concise, Comprehensible, and Consistent.’ A book (or any other form of sustained narrative) is made, not born, and any type of writing is a process. The copy-editor’s role is to help you to refine and improve your manuscript, race-tuning rather than re-building your literary engine. Our copy-editor ensures that your formatting, spelling, grammar, and punctuation are all correct, but he is also checking content for factual accuracy, appropriate referencing (if required), and structural and stylistic cohesion. He will advise on possible semantic improvements, and can also help you condense or expand your text in order to fit any required word length limits. We know what you mean, we get what you are saying, and we will help you find the best way to express your ideas without ever losing sight of your original vision. For maximum results, you might like to combine our copy-editing service with a critique, and we can offer this as a ‘Custom’ package.
Coaching is a personal, professional and progressive relationship in which you work one on one with our Senior Editor to improve your skills and develop your style as a writer. This will usually be based around the advancement and completion of a specific project, either a novel, a collection of short stories, or a piece of life writing or general nonfiction. Coaching entails formal and informal communication and knowledge transfer through sharing documents, email and some telephone/Skype contact. Our Senior Editor is a very experienced teacher and writing coach, as well as an accomplished writer of fiction and nonfiction and a highly regarded editor. He is culturally literate and open-minded, and whether you’re writing experimental literary fiction or working in a commercial genre he will understand your vision and be able to help make it a reality. For each coaching session you submit sections of your work in progress (up to 10,000 words on a negotiated turnaround time). Our Senior Editor reads closely (embedding comments in your document), and feeds back in an accompanying written report. There is also a broader advisory dialogue going on outside the text concerning structure and strategy, and targeted creative writing tuition. At the end of the process, you should have a complete manuscript. Sessions can follow whatever schedule suits you, and there is no obligation to ever pay for more than one at a time.
Our Senior Editor, Stephen, also teaches creative writing. For details of his courses click here
The index is an essential component of the non-fiction book, and is a guide to the individual subjects, ideas and facts contained therein. It is a cross-referenced map to the contents of your book for the serious reader and researcher, providing fast access to information. No serious work of non-fiction should be without an index, although many are, unfortunately, bereft. A good index can only be written by someone with a detailed knowledge of your book and your ideas. Indexing software will never have the insight of a professional indexer, and a good index enhances the value of any serious piece of non-fiction writing. As academics, we have extensive experience of indexing, and can relieve you of the meticulous burden of indexing your work, or placing your book in the hands of an in-house and generic indexer who will rush through your book without any real understanding of its contents. Working off final publisher’s proofs, we will read and analyse your book thoroughly, filtering information and identifying central concepts in order to create a cross-referenced and paginated index of the highest quality and of which you can be proud. We are writers and scholars, and you can trust us with your book.Price List
Any serious work of non-fiction that uses primary or secondary research sources, whether intended for academic publication or the mainstream, should be appropriately referenced, with a full bibliography and some sort of consistent in-text citation, either through parenthetical references (the so-called ‘Harvard’ system and its variants), or foot or endnotes (‘Oxford’ and ‘Arts and Humanities’ systems). Imprecise or absent sourcing can undermine an otherwise strong argument or original piece of research. There is nothing more frustrating to a serious reader than inadequate referencing, while the more easy-going consumer will still be further swayed by the argument because of evidential citation; the correct presentation of sources will also improve your chances of acceptance by a good publisher. Every publishing house and university press will have its own preferred bibliographical referencing system, and these can often be a baffling nightmare, as can the accompanying ‘style guides.’ Even early-career academics can find adapting to different referencing systems very difficult, especially when it comes to correctly citing archived, unpublished and multimedia sources. There are many ways to formally reference a text, all of them slightly different, and if you don’t know every nuance of the MLA, APA, Chicago, or Harvard referencing systems you can rest assured that we do. With twenty-five years of advanced academic experience, you can trust us to present your research perfectly in whatever formal referencing system you require. ‘Referencing/Indexing’ packages are also available.
Choosing the Right Editorial Service
A Free and Friendly Service
Different manuscripts require different types of editorial service. Some are so polished that they simply require proof-reading, if that, while others would benefit from copy-editing. Similarly, critical appraisals aren’t necessarily useful if the manuscript is a very early draft, or if you have never written a book before. We are very happy to informally discuss your individual editorial requirements with no obligation, so you must always feel free to get in touch. We can do this by telephone or email – whatever you prefer. We will not try to sell you a service you don’t need, and if we feel you require a service we do not offer then we will do our best to point you in the right direction. For more general advice on improving your writing and the pro and cons of editors and creative writing courses, please click here.
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Preliminary Reading £25.00
If you would like a more detailed assessment of your editorial requirements, you can submit a sample of your writing in advance. Our senior editor will evaluate and feedback in a brief report (about a page long), making targeted suggestions on the best service for you and explaining his reasons based on many years of industry experience. We ask for the first chapter of your book and a synopsis of 500 words or less. A short statement of intent is also helpful, telling us, for example, whether you intend to submit to a literary agent, or if you’re going to self-publish. We charge £25.00 for this preliminary evaluation, just to cover our editor’s time, but if you purchase any of our editorial services then this sum will be deducted from your fee. Your work will be treated entirely confidentially, and, again, there is no obligation.
10,000 words + Synopsis £99.00
When you submit a proposal for a book to a literary agent or a publisher, it is conventional to provide a sample of up to 10,000 words (usually your opening chapters), a short synopsis, and a brief covering letter. Our senior editor is also able to offer honest and realistic advice on writing samples and pitches intended for agents and publishers, at a one-off charge of £99.00. If you subsequently choose to purchase any of our other design or editorial services (excluding discount packages), a ‘speed read’ will give you an automatic 5% discount. We cannot, of course, guarantee you representation and publication, but in a crowded and Darwinian marketplace in which the slightest mistake means the slush pile, we can help you significantly narrow the odds. Ideal for book proposals.
Why Choose Green Door
Even though the digital self-publishing revolution has given authors control of the means of production, consumers expect a book to look good as well as read well. While the majority of readers do not care who publishes what, they can immediately tell the difference between a professional publication and something homemade. Do not do it yourself. A weak cover and poor page layout can kill a brilliant novel. With the success of Amazon Kindle, meanwhile, there has been a positively parasitic proliferation of ‘author solutions’ companies. These will throw your book together for a fee, often contracting out to students and freelancers with little industry experience. Green Door is not one of these companies. Our team has a long record of excellence in book design, editing, and publishing, and we are affiliated with some notable publishers, consultancies, and academic creative writing programmes. We understand your needs because we are writers ourselves, and we have a life-long passion for good literature and innovative and professional book design.
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By Dr. Stephen Carver, Senior Editor
In addition to writing and teaching, one of the things I do for a living is to evaluate manuscripts for their suitability for publication. I read fiction (and non-fiction) across several genres, and write comprehensive reports on the books. I try always to guide the author towards knocking his or her project into a shape that could be credibly presented to literary agents, publishers and general readers. You know how Newman and Mittelmark introduce How Not to Write a Novel by saying, ‘We are merely telling you the things that editors are too busy rejecting your novel to tell you themselves, pointing out the mistakes they recognize instantly because they see them again and again in novels they do not buy,’ well they’re right; I am one of those editors…