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Book Manuscript Editing

What is Different about Book Editing?

Book editing is a rich sub-speciality of academic editing, owing to the wide range of needs of clients submitting manuscripts. Manuscripts include those written to be self-published or with a publisher in mind; they may be adapted from a student’s thesis, scientific paper or research paper; or they may be the result of a collaborative effort, combining chapters from multiple authors or being wholly co-authored. For all manuscript authors, their document represents an enormous investment, often over many years, with the expectation that publication success will bring career and hopefully financial rewards.

Working with a Publisher

The problem is, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a traditional publisher. As the publishing industry changes in the digital age, fewer manuscripts are being accepted for publication, making getting published increasingly competitive. It has become the responsibility of authors to ensure that their manuscripts are already of an exemplary standard before they will even be considered. The new norm is that, as early as the book proposal stage, publishers expect that you will already have had the benefit of professional manuscript editing.

Many authors of scientific manuscripts use developmental editing services to bring their material up to scratch. Developmental editors can get involved at the very start of the writing process, even going as far as helping scientific authors with the conception, structure, and outline of their book. In essence, developmental editing is extreme substantive editing, a service which Capstone Editing provides. 


The competitiveness of being published has contributed to many authors choosing to self-publish. While this is perfectly viable, it does mean that they don’t benefit from the rigorous book editing that comes when you work with a publishing house. As a result, finding the right manuscript editor to safeguard the final quality of your publication is particularly important.

Capstone Editing’s experienced scientific manuscript and non-fiction book editors are among the very best in Australia, so you can rest assured that your work will receive the special attention that it deserves.

The Benefits of Book Editing

Your manuscript could not be in better hands than those of one of Capstone Editing’s specialist academic editors. As Australia’s premier editing service, we specialise in academic material and have edited more manuscripts than any other editing service in Australia. From book proposal to publication, you can be certain that you will receive the highest-quality professional editing available. Our mission is to help you to reach your publishing goals through our expert novel editing and non-fiction book editing services.

Your expert book editor will ensure your manuscript is:
  • Free of errors and infelicities in grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Written in a style and tone appropriate for your genre and target audience
  • Correct and consistent in the placement and captioning of tables and figures
  • Logically structured, following standard requirements for major publishers in the field
  • Publication-ready, with appropriate formatting and referencing
For those authors targeting a particular publisher, your editor will ensure your book:
  • Follows the often-complex language house style of your target publisher
  • Follows all the formatting and referencing guidelines of your publisher
  • Has the best chance of acceptance for publication the first time, with minimal revision
  • Conforms stylistically and structurally with other books published in a series
For self-publishing authors, professional book editing guarantees:
  • Adherence to the formatting and referencing guidelines most appropriate for your genre and planned sales platform
  • The same high standards and consistency in language, structure and formatting as those produced by traditional publishers
  • Your manuscript will be polished and impeccably presented, satisfying the expectations of your target market
For authors of collaboratively written works, your editor will check and improve your manuscript for:
  • Consistency in language use and expression between authors
  • Logical organisation and structure, including between and within chapters
  • The coherence of the manuscript as a whole

Capstone Editing’s Book Editing Services

Manuscript authors can select from the full range of services offered by Capstone Editing.

Premium Copyediting

Capstone Editing’s Premium Copyediting service is the ideal choice for clients requiring manuscript editing. Our highly experienced copy editors will edit your manuscript for language (including grammar, spelling and punctuation); logic, clarity and flow; internal consistency and completeness; and structure. For those clients who are targeting a specific publisher or genre, your editor will ensure that your manuscript adheres to the required house style, formatting and referencing guidelines.

You can submit your manuscript online for our Premium Copyediting service at any time.

Substantive and Platinum (Heavy) Editing

For authors or academics whose manuscripts require more work to give them either the best chance for traditional publication or the greatest sales potential possible if self-publishing, we offer two more intensive editing options:

  • Substantive Editing:
    Capstone Editing’s Substantive Editing service builds on the Premium Copyediting service by including additional work to improve any organisational, structural, logic or flow issues the manuscript may have. If necessary, book editors will work with authors on rewording the text of the manuscript to ensure maximum effectiveness of expression. For clients adapting their theses into manuscripts for publication, this is the service for you.
  • Platinum (Heavy) Editing:
    In addition to all aspects provided by the Premium Copyediting service, Capstone Editing’s Platinum (Heavy) Editing service includes substantial sentence rewording and detailed assistance and advice on matters of organisation and structure, as well as statements requiring further support. This service was designed specifically for non-Native English (ESL) writers, but would be suitable for any client whose prose would benefit from a deeper level of editing.

If you would like information about prices for our Substantive or Heavy Editing service, please email us with the manuscript for editing and details about how we can help you.


Our book proofreading service is designed for those manuscripts that have been previously copyedited or that do not require structural or language editing. Capstone Editing’s proofreaders will ensure your manuscript is consistent, perfectly presented and publication-ready.

Simply email us today, with your document attached, to request the book proofreading service.

Tailor-Made Services

Capstone Editing also offers tailor-made book editing solutions. Whether you want formatting only, require alternate referencing and conversion of your manuscript into American English for publishing on the American market, or are a publisher looking for a reliable provider of Premium Copyediting services capable of handling any volume of work, we can help. 

For more information about our rates for research or scientific manuscript or novel editing, simply email us with your requirements and the document concerned.

Our Reputation

We are proud of our reputation as the highest-quality academic editing service available. Testimonials from our past clients and the examples of our editing we provide here demonstrate the quality of our work.

Editing examples

These documents provide representative examples of our work for past clients.


I would like to thank my editor at Capstone Editing for her thorough edit of my grant proposal. Her suggestions gave me better ways of expressing myself with clarity and (importantly for grant proposals) with fewer words! She provided detailed comments on her edits that helped ensure that we didn’t inadvertently change the intended meaning. I appreciated her attention to the details of formatting and nuances of meaning across the document. I highly recommend her to help improve the readability and clarity of academic documents.

Dr Monica Barratt NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of New South Wales

Capstone Editing has edited many journal articles for me. Their editors' thorough command of language really helps in making sure that the article is well expressed and free of errors. They work very quickly and I have found it invaluable to have somebody format an article to the style of the particular journal. It is a massive time saver that allows me to move on to my next piece of work. I plan to use Capstone's services again, including for a book project I have coming up. I highly recommend Capstone Editing to academics wanting to save time and wanting to submit their work with the confidence that it has been thoroughly looked over and formatted to their particular requirements.

Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan Political Science Charles Stuart University

The fast, elegant and professional service provided by Capstone Editing saved me hours, days and weeks of work for which I am truly grateful. They worked to very tight deadlines and formatted, fixed and corrected my thesis so that I could submit it on time (and within my budget!) The editors who edited my thesis had phenomenal attention to detail and provided me with tremendously valuable feedback that improved the quality of my thesis. In addition to the usual material, my thesis had dozens of tables in both portrait and landscape format, a research study and case studies. My editors very quickly corrected and fixed all the material I threw at them and went beyond the call of duty to provide me with a beautifully referenced and immaculately formatted thesis. I am so appreciative of their advice and assistance.

Cheryl-Anne Whitlock Master of Arts (Journalism) University of Wollongong

Capstone Editing’s simple order process provides easy access to professional academic editing. In most cases, universities cover the cost of editing for their academic staff and we can invoice them directly.

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