A detailed critique of the opening chapter of your novel

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What you get with this Hourlie

With this service, you can make use of the expertise of a professional editor without having to spend a huge amount of money. Think of it as a taster, only a more useful version, because you can take the criticism and feedback you receive and apply it to the rest of your manuscript too.

You’ll not only have a perfectly polished section of your book, but you’ll also gain a lot of valuable insights as to how your writing game can be improved on a whole. It’s a win-win situation. You get the knowledge and expertise of a professional editor, and don’t have to spend money you may not have in doing so.

In this service, I will work through your opening chapter on a line-by-line basis, correcting any errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar, before moving on and looking into the further details. I'll assess the strength of your first chapter based on these things: the introduction of your character(s), the clarity and flow of the writing, the pacing of the writing, the first and last sentences; the key three (making sure it introduces either: your protagonist, your antagonist, or a key detail of your plot.)

If you're familiar with editing terms, this package is a fully comprehensive edit that is carried out on your opening chapter. So, in basic terms, it's a proofread, copy edit and content edit rolled into one.

It's really thorough and precise, and will be completed in three days maximum (with an extra three days if you opt for the longer package.) From there you're good to go, set to polish your opening so that it's as strong as can possibly be.

DISCLAIMER: The term chapters is used loosely. If your opening chapter is over 4,000 words, or if your first three stretch over 10,000, this time-frame and price-scheme isn't doable.

Get more with Hourlie Add-ons

  • I can edit the second and third chapters, too

    Additional 3 working days

  • I can deliver all work in 1 working day

What the Seller needs to start the work

All I need is your opening chapter (or other relevant chapters,) sent to me in a Microsoft Word Document - that's where I carry out my edits.