Clapham Publishing Services | Clapham, London | contact@claphampublishing.com | 2017

First Stage:

The Rough Draft

Clapham Publishing Services took my YA adult thriller and made it thrilling. 

          - Sam Grenfall

There's nothing harder than the first draft. Nothing. Once you're done, you'll want to know if you're going in the right direction. And this is a fair enough concern. There is almost no one who gets the first rough draft published, or even praised. There's a reason why it's called "rough."

You need a book doctor. You need an edit that is honest and constructive while understanding the reality of a rough draft. Clapham Publishing Services offers that.

The editor will look for fundamental issues such as voice, dialogue, pace, characterization, plot and structure. This is called a deep edit or a substantive edit. It's a whole lot more than correcting grammar and raising queries about unclear sentencces. This big picture analysis will encourage you to see if the mansucript's parts are working in concert, and show what you can do to improve it.

How it works: Submit a 1 page synopsis of your work and your manuscript. Once the fee has been paid, an experienced editor will read and comment on your work. You will receive back your work annotated, as well as several pages of written commentary. 

Most writers find that this edit builds their confidence and shows them a reasonable path forward. Practical advice and informed feedback assist in producing a better second draft.

The cost: £0.019 a word; 50% deposit in advance

My rough draft was far from what I wanted it to be and once I had the edit from Clapham Publishing Services, I could see how to get the next draft out, significantly improved.

          - Phil Wolff