Acres of Ink is an independent proofreading and editing service, run by editor and writer Kim Goodacre.
Fiction has been Kim’s passion for as long as she can remember.
Her interests are wide-ranging and seemingly never-ending (according to the groans from both her partner and her overcrowded bookcases). She is never happier than when reading a new story – be it historical fiction, fantasy, crime, thrillers, YA, children’s or something between – and she’s nothing short of gleeful when talking to its author about the world they’ve created.
Kim’s personal love of books naturally spilled into her professional life. After achieving an upper-class Hons. Degree in English and American Literature, she furthered her education with qualifications from the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, always intending to work in publishing. After internships and workshops at HarperCollins and Bloomsbury, as well as eight years’ professional experience, she focused her passion into one streamlined ambition: helping authors realise their manuscripts’ full potential.
About Acres of Ink Services
On Developmental Editing:
Kim says: Developmental Editing, in essence, is about loving the art of storytelling.
It is about seeing the potential of a novel as well as what is already written, and helping the author build upon the new world they have created. It isn’t just about making sure your manuscript is grammatically correct – although, of course, that is a large part of it.
Developmental Editing focuses on the minutiae and the bigger picture; turning words into emotions and making every sentence pulse with life. Characters, plot, theme, structure, dialogue… everything that makes a novel work comes under the magnifying glass during a Developmental Edit, with the aim of helping every author write the best book they can.
Kim says: There’s nothing more frustrating than publishing something and then finding a mistake. Even today, there are traditionally published books that are printed with errors, whether it’s a simple typo or a glaring plot hole that wasn’t noticed until it was too late.
The reason isn’t laziness nor ineptitude but human nature; authors are people and they are not infallible. At the time of publication, authors have typically written and rewritten their novel several times and it is no surprise that some things slip through the net.
It is far too easy for your brain to read what you think you have written instead of what you have actually written. Casting a pair of fresh eyes over your novel can work wonders.