Editing Services

I provide developmental editing and copy editing services to prepare manuscripts for submission/publication, with a particular specialism in editing novellas-in-flash, novellas, flash fiction, and story cycles. 

Click Here for a List of Novella-in-Flash Publishers.


Free Consultation Offer: If we haven’t worked together before, you can schedule a free 20-minute chat to discuss your project (and identify suitable coaching/mentoring/editing options from those listed below). Use this link to access my diary and book your free consultation: https://calendly.com/michaelloveday/20-minute-intro-chat

In the last four years, I have helped over 25 writers with editing and mentoring prior to their manuscripts being published. I’m a certified creativity coach, associate member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, and author of the first ever full craft guide for writing a novella-in-flash. I believe strongly in a supportive editing/feedback process that builds on each writer’s unique strengths. 

(1) Standard Manuscript Assessment – for when you’d like a second opinion on a completed manuscript before submitting it to a publisher or competition. This option will help you confirm whether your manuscript is fully ready, and highlight what final changes might be needed.  £120 (per 5,000 words) – 2-3 pages of developmental manuscript assessment, sent by email. 

(2) Enhanced Manuscript Assessment – for when you’d like detailed feedback on a completed manuscript before submitting it to a publisher or competition, identifying the final changes that need to be made. £150 (per 5,000 words) – 6-10 pages of developmental manuscript assessment.   

+£70 to £90 (per 5,000 words) for line by line edits by email in addition to option (1) or option (2). (Price confirmed after reading a sample of the manuscript.) Copy editing to make the language in your manuscript more vivid, accomplished, and assured, so that you can submit your manuscript with more confidence.  

(3) Final copy editing of manuscripts prior to publication – £36 per hour (usually approx. £180 for 5,000 words). Available to writers who have already found a publisher.   

(4) Novellas-in-Flash: Are you grappling with a novella-in-flash? Or interested to try writing one? In addition to the options listed above, here are two further ways I can support you to complete a high quality, publishable novella-in-flash:

  • Want to write a novella-in-flash? Here’s an online Incubator course which gives you extended one-to-one support while you develop one.
  • “Work-in-Progress Clarity Call” – Have you put together the beginnings of a first draft of a novella-in-flash, but don’t know where to take the story next? Or maybe instinct tells you you’ve produced too many randomly disconnected scenes, too many/too few characters, or there’s no overall narrative suggested across the whole? Maybe you’re feeling confused about point of view, or the chronology or structure? Maybe there’s something about the novella-in-flash form itself that’s confusing you and blocking the completion of your manuscript? £75 for a 90-minute in-depth discussion by Zoom/Skype/telephone, to gain clarity, brainstorm ideas together, and develop a tangible action plan of next steps.   

You can also send your enquiry about manuscript assessment/editing (giving brief details of the project, including word count, and stating which type of help you are looking for), through this contact form.

For further information about Michael’s experience with novellas-in-flash in particular, see here.