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The world of print-on-demand publishing has made it easier than ever for authors to self-publish their work.

This means it's more important than ever the work you publish is polished and professional.

We Can Help

Writing Academy offers two types of services to help you.

Professional Formatting & Eye-Catching Covers

This is the plan for you if your manuscript is ready, BUT...

  • You're intimidated by the technical aspects of:
  • Formatting your manuscript for print and Kindle
  • Navigating the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) site
  • Designing a professional cover
We'll help you get your book published. In less than two weeks, it can be available for sale on Amazon around the world.

Publishing Assistance Packages

Packages start at $399.

Editing Services

When it comes to editing, most writers focus on the end product: a manuscript of higher quality.
This improved manuscript is vitally important (especially for authors planning to self-publish!), but it isn’t the only thing to consider. There’s a big benefit of working with an editor many writers don’t consider:

How much you’ll learn by going through the process.

Working with an editor is an investment in your writing career and part of your continuing education. Even authors seeking to traditionally publish also benefit from hiring a freelance editor.

Types of Editing

There are three main types of editing fiction and creative non-fiction authors should be aware of.

1. Developmental Editing
2. Line-Editing
3. Proofreading

Developmental Editing

A Developmental Editor takes a "big picture" view of your manuscript. They focus on story structure, character development, and plot. This is where most authors should start because it is a holistic look at a manuscript.

From structure…
  • Are the Nine Story Structure Checkpoints in place?
  • Is the author using scene/sequel correctly?
  • Are there plot holes?
To craft…
  • Are the characters fully developed?
  • Do their voices ring true?
  • Is the dialogue realistic?
To mechanics…
  • Does the author use active voice?
  • Are there too many adverbs?

The end result of a developmental edit is a specific, action-oriented plan to rewrite a second draft.

Line Editing

A Line Editor takes a nitty-gritty dive into each sentence of your manuscript, improving the overall quality of the prose.

Line-editing is typically the second type of editing a manuscript goes through. It should only be done AFTER the structure of the manuscript is solid.

Note the term “copy editing” is often used interchangeably with "line-editing," but there is a difference. 

Copy editors just focus on general mechanics. Line editors do this and also take style and tone into consideration.

Authors who write fiction, memoir, or creative non-fiction are usually better off working with a line editor. 

The end result of a line edit is a manuscript written in polished prose.


Proofreaders ensure a manuscript is free of typos, basic grammar/punctuation errors, and is ready for querying or publishing.

Oh No! We're Booked Up!

Yikes! Our editorial calendar is full up!

We may have a limited number of spots available for summer 2024. If you're interested in Developmental or Line Editing, please email [email protected] directly to enquire.

In a hurry? We understand! Check out the Editorial Freelancers Association Website at to look for an editor who meets your needs and budget.