Looking for an editor who knows the difference between a hussar and cuirassier? Who knows their Æthelberhts from their Æthelreds? How a Regency letter would be folded and a Victorian parlour lighted?
You’ve come to the right place. I’m a specialist historical fiction editor, which means I understand and love the idiosyncrasies of the genre just as much as you do. I know the periods you’re writing about and the people you’re writing for. Whether it’s the bloody battles of the Napoleonic Wars, intrigues in ancient Rome, or an intense Regency drama, I’m here to help you bring the past to life and make sure your work reaches its full potential.

 

How I can help

Content editing focuses on the big-picture issues, including plot, structure, characterisation, pacing, historical authenticity, and writing quality. My core content editing services involve a rigorous editorial assessment of your manuscript followed by a report on these areas, with two different levels of detail available. I also offer a query critique that focuses on the strength of your story concept and the quality of the writing in your first three chapters.

Structural report – £9 per 1000 words

The structural report provides all the detail you need to ensure your novel reaches its full potential. Typically around 10 pages long, it includes a comprehensive assessment of the key areas above and an evaluation of each individual chapter, drilling down into the text to identify plot holes, logical flaws, and dialogue issues. It examines character arcs and your use of tension and conflict, as well as looking at important elements like the effectiveness of your opening lines and your resolution. In addition to identifying strengths and weaknesses, it includes specific recommendations for remedying any problems. The cost is £9 per 1000 words, subject to a minimum cap of £600 and a maximum cap of £950. These prices are for manuscripts between 40,000 and 150,000 words; please enquire for bespoke pricing if your manuscript is shorter or longer than this.

Editor's report – £6 per 1000 words

The editor’s report covers the same areas as the structural report – plot, structure, characterisation, pacing, historical authenticity, and writing quality – in full detail and includes recommendations for remedying any problems. However, it doesn’t include analysis of individual chapters, so it’s not as granular as the structural report. Usually 5-6 pages long, the editor’s report is an invaluable tool for identifying and remedying all the core issues with a manuscript. The cost is £6 per 1000 words, subject to a minimum cap of £350 and a maximum cap of £650. As above, these prices are for manuscripts between 40,000 and 150,000 words; please enquire for bespoke pricing if your manuscript is shorter or longer than this.

Query critique – £180

A query critique involves an assessment of your 1 page synopsis and up to 3 chapters (maximum 12,000 words) of your novel, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your story concept and examining the quality of your writing. It’s perfect for helping you to address potential risk areas and deal with any problematic writing tics. It can be used as a way of checking and refining your query submissions to agents and publishers, or it can be used simply to catch problems early on before you’ve completed your novel. If you’re querying, I’ll also include a critique of your query letter. The cost is a flat fee of £180.

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Content editing focuses on the big-picture issues, including plot, structure, characterisation, pacing, historical authenticity, and writing quality. My core content editing services involve a rigorous editorial assessment of your manuscript followed by a report on these areas, with two different levels of detail available. I also offer a query critique that focuses on the strength of your story concept and the quality of the writing in your first three chapters.

Structural report – $11.50 per 1000 words

The structural report provides all the detail you need to ensure your novel reaches its full potential. Typically around 10 pages long, it includes a comprehensive assessment of the key areas above and an evaluation of each individual chapter, drilling down into the text to identify plot holes, logical flaws, and dialogue issues. It examines character arcs and your use of tension and conflict, as well as looking at important elements like the effectiveness of your opening lines and your resolution. In addition to identifying strengths and weaknesses, it includes specific recommendations for remedying any problems. The cost is $11.50 per 1000 words, subject to a minimum cap of $760 and a maximum cap of $1200. These prices are for manuscripts between 40,000 and 150,000 words; please enquire for bespoke pricing if your manuscript is shorter or longer than this.

Editor's report – $7.50 per 1000 words

The editor’s report covers the same areas as the structural report – plot, structure, characterisation, pacing, historical authenticity, and writing quality – in full detail and includes recommendations for remedying any problems. However, it doesn’t include analysis of individual chapters, so it’s not as granular as the structural report. Usually 5-6 pages long, the editor’s report is an invaluable tool for identifying and remedying all the core issues with a manuscript. The cost is $7.50 per 1000 words, subject to a minimum cap of $440 and a maximum cap of $820. As above, these prices are for manuscripts between 40,000 and 150,000 words; please enquire for bespoke pricing if your manuscript is shorter or longer than this.

Query critique – $225

A query critique involves an assessment of your 1 page synopsis and up to 3 chapters (maximum 12,000 words) of your novel, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your story concept and examining the quality of your writing. It’s perfect for helping you to address potential risk areas and deal with any problematic writing tics. It can be used as a way of checking and refining your query submissions to agents and publishers, or it can be used simply to catch problems early on before you’ve completed your novel. If you’re querying, I’ll also include a critique of your query letter. The cost is a flat fee of $225.

Testimonials

Andrew has written editorial reviews of two of my books, and I have been very pleased each time. He sent me timely reports on all the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscripts, with feedback on plot, structure, characterization, dialogue, and language use. What I enjoyed the most was having someone else delve into my books and write about them so intimately. The characters were as real to him as they are to me. I’ve had a substantive report and a brief editorial review done by other editors in the past. Neither of them came close to Andrew’s level of detail. I have already asked him to review my next book.
Wendy M. Wilson
I have always wanted to write historical fiction, but I worried that, as only an enthusiast, I might be spinning my wheels. I initially asked Andrew to review my novel outline, but, after his excellent feedback, I asked him to take me on as a coaching client as well. His advice and support has helped me get my first novel off to a great start, and I’ll look no further for an editor in the future.
LC Mason
Having written and published poetry, articles and short stories for many decades, I decided to expand a novella into a full-length historical novel. By a happy chance, I came across Andrew's website and submitted the first three chapters for his appraisal. The report which I received, on time and on budget, was excellent. It was encouraging, professional, and forensic. I cannot recommend Andrew highly enough as an editor. Any author, new or experienced, could only benefit from his skill.
Simon Piney

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Q&A

andrew noakes freelance historical fiction editor
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Q: Who is Andrew Noakes?

A graduate of Cambridge University, where I studied History (of course!), I spent nearly a decade working in the world of politics and international affairs before I happily gave it up to pursue my real passion: historical fiction. I live in London with my wife, Audrey, but I’ve previously lived and worked all over the world, including in the United States, Belgium, Cameroon, and Botswana.

Q: Why historical fiction?

I love delving into worlds so ostensibly different from our own, yet in whose conflicts, intrigues, and dramas we can see clear reflections of ourselves. For me, historical fiction brings to life the story of how we got to where we are now, a story of innumerable acts of human ingenuity, brutality, and bravery. A story of both accident and design. It allows us to explore rich and fascinating worlds grounded in real experience, worlds that rarely fail to tell us something new about our own.

Q: Why is editing important?

No one is closer to your story than you are, which means it's next to impossible to edit your own work objectively. That’s why you need a fresh pair of eyes. Someone who can not only spot the problems but who has the expertise required to help you solve them. With the help of an editor, you can remedy plot holes, improve your structure and pacing, help enrich your characters, spot logical flaws, and develop the quality of your writing. It’s about turning that promising but imperfect draft into something that can captivate your readers, pulling them into the world that you’ve spent so much time creating and making them love it just as much as you do.

Q: What makes a good editor?

Remedying issues while enhancing – not diluting – the author’s authentic voice. Being honest about what doesn’t work, but inspiring authors to recognise the potential of their work and build upon what does. Handing over your manuscript can feel daunting, but I'm here to help and make sure you have the tools and encouragement you need to make your novel a success.

Q: Who are your services for?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to writing or a seasoned professional, editing is a vital ingredient for success. Perhaps this is your first novel and you need an edit on the manuscript before you send it to an agent or a publisher, or perhaps you’re self-publishing and you’re looking for a regular historical fiction editor. No matter what your situation, I look forward to working with you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long will the editing process take?

The exact timescale will depend on the length of your manuscript. Two to three weeks is typical for a structural report, copy-editing, or proofreading. An editor’s report will usually take up to nine days, while a query critique will usually be completed in five days.

Should I book in advance?

Yes, I advise booking one or two months in advance if possible.

Do you edit longer manuscripts?

Historical fiction manuscripts can often be a little longer than in other genres, and I’m happy to accommodate this. Prices quoted for structural reports and editor’s reports are for manuscripts between 40,000 and 150,000 words in length and are subject to minimum and maximum fee caps. If your manuscript is longer (or shorter) than this, bespoke pricing will apply, so just get in touch for a quote. Prices for copy-editing and proofreading do not vary with length.

What don't you edit?

As a freelance historical fiction editor, my focus is on historical fiction. I also edit historical fantasy from time to time. I reserve the right to turn down any project if my schedule doesn't allow it or if I don't feel it's a good fit for me.

Do you accept international clients?

Yes, absolutely! Many of my clients are from the USA, Canada, and elsewhere.

What are your full terms and conditions?
What happens after the work is complete?

I’ll continue to be on hand to answer any queries you might have. I cap this at four detailed emails following a report to make sure I have time for my other clients.

What if I want you to look at my manuscript a second time?

If you edit your manuscript to address the feedback in my report and you want me to take another look at it, I’ll re-read it and prepare a report focusing on the changes you’ve made. I normally charge £350 for this service, though it can vary a little depending on the scale of the changes and the length of the manuscript.

What if I'm not satisfied with the work?

My terms and conditions clearly outline expectations for my projects. If these haven't been met by the deadline, I'll offer you a full refund, claimable for 30 days following completion of the work. Simple as that.

How do I arrange payment?

I accept payment by credit or debit card, either in GBP or USD according to your preference. If the price is linked to the length of your manuscript, I usually take an advance payment at the time of booking (£200 / $250 for an editor’s report or proofreading, £300 / $380 for a structural report or copy-editing), and you pay the balance when you submit your finished manuscript. If it’s a flat fee, you pay the full amount in advance when you book. Coaching fees are charged monthly.

If payment by credit or debit card isn’t possible, payment by alternative means (such as Paypal) can be arranged.

How can I send you my manuscript, and how should it be formatted?

The best way is via email. Manuscripts should normally be sent as Microsoft Word documents.

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If you would like to get in touch or make a booking, just email me at andrew@andrewnoakes.co.uk. Tell me a little about yourself and your story, as well as what kind of help you're looking for.

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