Editing and proofreading for creative writers...
My name is David Stanford and this is my shop window. After majoring in publishing studies, I spent around 20 years honing my skills as an editor of newspapers, magazines, websites and books. These days, I provide editorial services to creative writers. Creative writing is what I love. If I wasn't doing this for a living, I'd be doing it in my spare time anyway.
What's on offer
I provide proofreading and editing services for creative writers. Whether it's a novel, short story, memoir or travelogue, I can help prepare your work for self-publishing or submission to a publisher. I can fix the grammar, spelling and punctuation. I can also suggest improvements to writing style, point of view, consistency, dialogue and the basic story.
How it helps
There are several benefits to be gained from working with professional editors and proofreaders. You can eliminate errors that undermine quality. You can also get some objective input, learning how readers might experience your work. Publishers are more likely to be impressed with your manuscript, and self-publishing sales figures will be much improved.
At Metok Media, the emphasis is on quality of service. This means I value close attention to my customers' needs, with effective communication from start to finish. I value attention to detail while working on manuscripts, spotting problems and fixing them. Finally, and perhaps most important, I respect the writing style and creative control of my customers.
How it works
Check out the Services and Prices pages. Then send me an email with details of your project, ideally including a sample of your text. Once we've agreed on a price and schedule, and the deposit has been paid, I'll begin work. I'll send you queries on any issues that need clarification, implementing your replies as I go. I'll remain in touch until the project is complete.
What it costs
My prices are usually calculated based on word rates, depending on the level of service required. My rate for proofreading is £15 per 1,000 words. Copy-editing, meanwhile, is charged at £35 per 1,000 words. Additional services, such as producing a synopsis or author-information document for presentation to a publisher, are charged separately.
To estimate the cost of your project, go to the Services page and decide which type of service you require. Then head over to the Prices page and check out the current rates per 1,000 words. Finally, visit the Contact page and send me an email outlining your needs, attaching a sample of your manuscript if possible. We can discuss your requirements and arrange a free quote.
Make a payment
Visit the payments page to pay your bill.