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We work with the topography of a story as well as the mechanics of the vehicle that is carrying the reader through the text. Editing ensures your reader will reach the intended destination.

'A professional edit is more important to the end result than writing the book.'

William Whitecloud,The Magician's Way (New World Library)


Carl Cleves
Tarab Travels With my Guitar
Transit Lounge Publishing

Manuscript development

My book would not have been published without the expert help and advice of Laurel Cohn. Her invaluable and generous help with plot design, character development, proofreading and overall structure lifted my drafts to a level of quality where my book was received with enthusiasm by a publisher and with excellent reviews in the press.


Manuscript Editing

Although the word 'editing' is widely used, in reality, there are different levels and types of editing appropriate for different stages of manuscript development and types of text. Laurel Cohn's comprehensive editorial services cover all types of editing.


The main role an editor plays is to guide writers (fiction or non-fiction) to realise on the page the full potential of the story they are compelled to tell; to keep them on track to reach their intended destination. This is the stuff of structural and stylistic editing which deals with the larger issues of the book. In this way editors help authors find and hone their voice.

The editor will make suggestions and may propose changes to sentence structures and tighten up consistency of terminology, etc., but if there are structural problems, or if areas need clarification, then the editor usually passes it back to the writer to do the work. There may be a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, and the process can be quite involved.

We are experienced in working with fiction (literary and popular), narrative non-fiction (e.g. memoir, biography), general non-fiction (e.g. reference, educational, how-to books) and children's books. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the genre of your manuscript.


This is the most meticulous form of editing, looking at correct and consistent grammar, spelling and punctuation and consistency of presentation in terms of headings, punctuation marks and titles. A copy editor will also check contents pages and indexes for consistency and correct page references.


Proofreading involves checking text that is ready for publication – picking up typographical errors and errors that have crept in through the copy editing process as well as errors of layout and formatting. In addition, a proofreader will check contents pages, preliminary pages and indexes, and front and back covers (where appropriate).

A professional proofreader not only has an eye for detail, but is familiar with publishing conventions and requirements, as well as design and layout issues.