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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

My content editing service focuses on the big-picture issues, including plot, structure, characterisation, pacing, historical authenticity, and overall writing quality. It involves a rigorous editorial assessment of your manuscript followed by a report, with two different levels of detail available. Prices quoted below are for manuscripts between 40,000 and 150,000 words; please enquire for bespoke pricing if your manuscript is shorter or longer than this.

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 12-14 pages long, it includes a comprehensive assessment of your manuscript focusing on the key areas above. It also includes an evaluation of each individual chapter, drilling down into the text to identify problems at a granular level. In addition to assessing strengths and weaknesses, it includes recommendations for remedying any problems. The cost is £9 per 1000 words, subject to a minimum of £600 and capped at a maximum of £950.

Editor's report – £6 per 1000 words

The editor’s report is an invaluable tool for identifying and remedying all the core issues with a manuscript. Usually around 5-6 pages long, it covers the same areas as the structural report – plot, structure, characterisation, pacing, historical authenticity, and writing quality – and includes recommendations for remedying any problems. However, it doesn’t include analysis of individual chapters. The cost is £6 per 1000 words, subject to a minimum of £350 and capped at a maximum of £650.

Query critique – £180

A query critique involves an assessment of your 1-2 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.

My content editing service focuses on the big-picture issues, including plot, structure, characterisation, pacing, historical authenticity, and overall writing quality. It involves a rigorous editorial assessment of your manuscript followed by a report, with two different levels of detail available. Prices quoted below are for manuscripts between 40,000 and 150,000 words; please enquire for bespoke pricing if your manuscript is shorter or longer than this.

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 12-14 pages long, it includes a comprehensive assessment of your manuscript focusing on the key areas above. It also includes an evaluation of each individual chapter, drilling down into the text to identify problems at a granular level. In addition to assessing strengths and weaknesses, it includes recommendations for remedying any problems. The cost is $11.50 per 1000 words, subject to a minimum of $760 and capped at a maximum of $1200.

Editor's report – $7.50 per 1000 words

The editor’s report is an invaluable tool for identifying and remedying all the core issues with a manuscript. Usually around 5-6 pages long, it covers the same areas as the structural report – plot, structure, characterisation, pacing, historical authenticity, and writing quality – and includes recommendations for remedying any problems. However, it doesn’t include analysis of individual chapters. The cost is $7.50 per 1000 words, subject to a minimum of $440 and capped at a maximum of $820.

Query critique – $225

A query critique involves an assessment of your 1-2 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

Sub-genres

(Just some of the sub-genres I enjoy editing)

THRILLER

Action

Romance

ABOUT

Andrew Noakes - executive editor

andrew noakes freelance historical fiction editorI'm a specialist historical fiction editor based in London, England. A graduate of Cambridge University, where I studied history, I spent nearly a decade working in the world of politics and international affairs before happily giving it up to pursue my real passion: historical fiction. I've previously lived and worked all over the world, including in the United States, Belgium, Cameroon, and Botswana.

Specialising in historical fiction gives me the opportunity to combine my historical expertise with my love of story craft. I enjoy delving into worlds so ostensibly different from our own, yet in whose conflicts, intrigues, and dramas we can see clear reflections of ourselves.

As executive editor, I coordinate all editing projects. I also accept content editing clients and serve as the lead tutor for my historical fiction group coaching programme. When I'm not editing or coaching, I can usually be found working on my novel, watching Game of Thrones, or spending time with my wife, Audrey.

If you want to enquire about booking with me, please email andrew@andrewnoakes.co.uk.

EDITING PARTNERS

I work with a team of trusted editing partners to deliver some of my services, including copy-editing, proofreading, and some content editing work as well. Whether your novel is edited by me or by a partner depends on what kind of editing you need, my availability, and of course your preferences. I'll inform you of the available options prior to booking, and the final choice will always be up to you. You can learn more about my partners below.

Kahina Necaise

Trained in book publishing at NYU and Oxford Brookes University, Kahina has honed her writing and editing skills while living on three different continents. Originally from the USA but now based in the UK, she enjoys work that indulges two of her deepest passions: story structure and history. She has completed professional courses in both content editing and copy-editing.

Emily Young

Emily is a specialist history editor with a degree in history and literature from Liverpool University. Having lived in both the UK and Australia, she recently moved to Devon, England, with her husband and two children to get closer to nature and gain inspiration from the county’s diverse and plentiful historical sites. Emily is a fully certified content editor and copy-editor.

Jenny Papworth

Jenny has been working as a copy-editor and proofreader for over 25 years. A graduate of the University of Leeds, where she studied English and Chinese, her work has taken her all over the world, including Hong Kong, Brunei, and Cyprus. Fiction editing has always been her passion, with a special interest in historical fiction, and she now works exclusively in this field. She lives in Herefordshire, England.

Jeff Rudolph

Jeff is a freelance copy-editor and proofreader with a degree in English literature from Colorado State University. He also has a love of history – particularly medieval history – so getting to work on historical fiction is something he particularly enjoys. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, in the United States.

Naomi Munts

Naomi is a freelance proofreader living in Southampton, England, with her husband and three children. She graduated from Southampton University in 2006 with a first class degree in English language and literature. Naomi has a lifelong interest in history, and she’s currently writing a novel set during ancient Egypt’s Middle Kingdom.

If you want to enquire about booking with one of my partners, please email me at andrew@andrewnoakes.co.uk in the first instance.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Your novel will either be edited by me or by one of my editing partners, depending on what kind of editing you need, my availability, and of course your preferences. I often do content editing work myself, while copy-editing and proofreading projects are completed by partners. However, you may also prefer to choose a partner for your content edit if my schedule is particularly busy and you’d rather not to wait.

I coordinate and review all editing work, so projects completed by a partner will always be in line with my standards. I'll inform you of the available options prior to booking, and the final choice of who edits your work with will always be up to you, as long as the editor is available and has the skills required.

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 three days.

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

Historical fiction manuscripts can often be a little longer than in other genres, and I’m happy to accommodate this. Rates 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. The rates for copy-editing and proofreading apply to all manuscripts.

As a 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. However, if your manuscript is already finished when you book, you can pay in full at the time of booking if you prefer. If the price is a flat fee (e.g. for a query critique or a bespoke project), you pay the full amount in advance when you book. Coaching fees are charged monthly.

If you're not able to pay by credit or debit card, payment by alternative means (such as Paypal) can be arranged.

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, 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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