Editing is important, very important.
We're amazed that some of our competitors don't even think of including editing in the services they offer - why is that? Probably because editing isn't easy and isn't an easy way for them to make money - but editing is important, very important. If you want your book to be the best it can be, you need to consider editing.
Editing is nothing to be afraid of. Good editing is never about taking away your author's voice, but it will always be about improving your book and making it genuinely ready for a wider readership, and it can be transformative. (We see lots of self-published books on Amazon with the occasional honest review in there that will say something like "this book needs editing". Unfortunately, it's all too easy to self-publish a book and then later regret having put it out there when it wasn't yet the best it could be.)
With us, you can be sure that you will be putting your work into a safe pair of hands for editing. We only take on a select number of clients and all our editing work is handled personally by Cavalcade Books' co-founder Lewis Williams, who is the editor of all three volumes of The Corona Book of Horror Stories book series and an author in his own right published by Plexus Publishing and Policy Press as well as by Corona Books. He also worked in various roles related to editing and writing for Oxford University for a number of years.
Lewis is a highly educated, skilled and experienced editor of both fiction and non-fiction – and please read the testimonials below, rather than just take our word for it. His work will ensure your book has consistency, clarity and readability without it losing your author's voice.
Our editing services are competitively priced (with rates as low as £6.50 per 1,000 words possible, depending on the size and scope of the project). And we won't charge you for editing you don't need.
Our approach to editing is bespoke – the antithesis of your book going through the sausage-machine approach it might do elsewhere. We understand that your book is personal to you - and that you may be apprehensive about the editing process. Before we begin work, we'll carefully assess the project and won't, for example, try to sell you substantial editing if all your work needs is light copy editing.
Please don't hesitate to contact us whatever your editing needs.
The following testimonials are from authors whose work Lewis Williams has edited:
"Lewis helped to lift my book from (IMO) 'great' to 'brilliant'. It certainly helps to have someone with not only an eye for detail but also an inventive mind in your corner. I would certainly recommend him if a friend needed the services of an editor. His attention to detail shines through and makes the finished product more readable. He has an intelligent and professional approach to his work which, in partnership with his creative input, has greatly enhanced my work."
Keith Trezise, author of Frogmorton Culpepper Saves the World
"Writing can be an intensely personal exercise, but it is important to realise that it's possible to be too close to something one has written to see what's wrong with it. Lewis provides extremely professional editing and accurate proofreading. His attention to detail meant mistakes were spotted that others would have missed. I'd strongly recommend Lewis as a first-class professional."
Philip Onions, author of Whitefaced Woodland Sheep Society Flock Profiles
"Lewis's editing ensured that my story made chronological sense to those who read it. I knew what was happening behind the scenes but tended to forget that others didn't. It made the story clearer. Lewis was very empathetic when editing my story. He never failed to understand that it was my 'baby' and treated it accordingly."
Sue Eaton, author of The Woman Who Was Not His Wife
"Lewis has experience of writing for a wide range of genres (popular, biography, fiction, humorous, academic). He understands how each of these different genres work, and is able to bring his editing skills to bear accordingly. I had written what I thought was quite a good short story with a slightly gruesome twist, but it was originally written with children in mind and I wanted to adapt it for an adult audience. I couldn't see how to do this without destroying the flavour of the original story, so I asked Lewis to edit it. I was extremely impressed with the end result. Lewis managed to carry out a very delicate edit, removing any trace of anything that could be deemed childish while leaving the bulk of the story untouched, so that even I found it hard to see where the cuts had been. I particularly appreciated the fact that he didn't 'over-edit'."
S.L. Powell, author of Fifty:Fifty and Visible Ink
"Lewis's work is of an excellent standard and extremely useful. I would definitely recommend him. His editing of my work was very sympathetic to the nature of the story and really helped me to clarify the time period that I set my piece in and helped me to avoid linguistic anachronisms that would have been out of place in a period story."
S.J. Menary, author of 'all things macabre' with work published in numerous anthologies
"Lewis is very good at working with you. He makes suggestions which only enhance your writing, and works with your writing style. He's extremely professional with a very keen eye and his methodical approach means that you can be confident that any mistakes have been ironed out."
T.R. Hitchman, author of Child of Winter