Ocean Reeve Publishing

Book Editing and Proofreading

Now the fun job – book editing and proofreading! Let’s presume you are already in the book publishing process with Ocean Reeve Publishing. Your manuscript has been appraised. You have addressed the recommendations. You are now confident to move forward with editing your book. This is the next step in the publishing process.
Before we pass your manuscript to our team, we would like you to go through a self-editing process. This is where you reacquaint yourself with your manuscript. Primarily, to correct mistakes you didn’t catch while writing. Thankfully, the appraisal process means you have had a break from the manuscript. So, revisiting it with fresh eyes will be a healthy exercise. You might find a few typos or you may rewrite sections. It’s up to you but we do recommend this to ensure efficiency once in process.

The Professionals

We now begin the editing process. Our trained and qualified book editors begin to make your manuscript the best it can be. You may be thinking that your book is great already, but here’s the reality. You’ve spent so long with your book that you’re too close to it. Your future readers, however, are not. Professional book editing ensures your words portray the message as intended. To achieve that, we need a team of experts to dig deeper into the manuscript.
Book Editing and Proofreading with Ocean Reeve Publishing
Book Editing and Proofreading with Ocean Reeve Publishing

The Book Editing Process

Ocean Reeve Publishing has a comprehensive process in the book editing stage. We tend to follow a similar system that traditional book publishers put in place. We feel many self-publishing companies do not spend enough focus on editing. First, we have one of our top structural editors look at the manuscript. Here they will examine the big-picture matters. In nonfiction genres, this may include improvements in clarity, structure, or argument. In fiction, a structural editor focuses on plot development, character development, and dialogue. Of course, this is amongst many other things. Each stage of the book editing process has a specific purpose. The first stage we want to address all the major issues, along with minor line editing.

The Review Process

Once the first edit is complete, we send you the manuscript with the recommendations and suggestions. They will show as marked-up changes on your manuscript ready for you to review. We also send a guide to manage the editing process. This is to help you manage the changes as an author at this stage of the book editing journey. Remember, you don’t have to take on all or any of the suggestions. However, you are paying for this professional guidance for a reason. Therefore, we recommend you look into each suggestion objectively. You need to ensure your decision is for the best of the book and it’s intending audience. After all, your readers will be critical if fundamental structural issues aren’t addressed.
Ocean Reeve Publishing - Book Editing and Proofreading Services
Ocean Reeve Publishing – Book Editing and Proofreading Services

Next, you send the manuscript back to us for second editorial review. This is a different process from the above. Most self-publishing or independent book publishing companies only use a single editor. We want a new set of eyes on the manuscript as this next stage. Someone who looks deeper into the paragraphing, sentences, grammar, and spelling. Our copy editors will get into how you’re saying what you’re saying. During this process, we will correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Moreover, we will identify any inconsistencies and errors in language. Moreover, our book editors will go above and beyond their responsibilities. They step into the previous editor’s role and make recommendations on a structural level. This is likely going to endorse a previous recommendation, even one you dismissed. That’s another reason why we use a different editor at this stage. They will be even more objective to ensure your manuscript sings.


Now we reach a very important stage in not only the book editing process. Moreover, in the book publishing and marketing journey. This is where we encourage you to seek out beta reader reviews. Beta readers are volunteers who will read your book and provide feedback. They’re not substituting the role of the book editors. They are a fresh set of eyes and may spot a few things we have to review. When it comes to finding beta readers, we want people who are familiar with the subject or enjoy the genre. Ensure you give a firm time frame for them to get back to you. The reason being is that we will be continuing the book editing process while these reviews are happening.


Now back to the actual manuscript. Following the second edit, you are to review the changes and suggestions again. Send it back to us for the third and final stage of the formal book editing process. Proofreading. Yes, another new set of eyes goes through the manuscript. This time it is to pick up any final typos or errors before we sign off as ready for book formatting. There will be another opportunity for you to review the proofreading and still make changes once formatting is complete. Our team also does a final pass to ensure we pick up any niggling inconsistencies and errors.

In Conclusion

All the book editors we use in the book publishing process are in Australia. So their focus will be on Australian/UK English. However, we do have international editors we call on when we are publishing for the US market. The costs are dependent on word count. As a guide; a 50,000-word manuscript is likely to cost you $1600AUD, as an estimate. This is through our comprehensive book editing process. A 100,000-word manuscript would be closer to $3200 and this is regardless of topic, genre or subject. Moreover, professional book publishing should always implement a comprehensive book editing process. Ocean Reeve Publishing does exactly that. Step above the self-publishing companies bare minimum and invest in quality book editing.