Free Sample Edit

Novels can be intensely personal things. Choosing professionals to work with you on your novel should be a personal choice too.

Writing is tough. My job is to help you realise your novel’s potential, without compromising on your creative vision. That’s why I’m pleased to offer a sample edit of up to 3,000 words, to ensure every author is happy with the Acres of Ink working style before committing to any other purchase.

How does it work?

Step 1

Request a sample edit via the Contact Page (or fill out the form below).

Step 2

Receive an email with the next available ‘Sample Slot’ date.

Step 3

Send an editable Word (.doc or .docx) file to

Step 4

Receive an email confirming the safe receipt of your document and slot.

Step 5

Wait. Receive edits on due date!

I really appreciate the time and effort Kim put into this edit. I’m really impressed by the professional way she handled these short texts.

rashi allawi (anthology fiction)

Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have to purchase a full developmental edit or proofreading service after my sample edit?

Not at all. The whole idea of the sample edit is to see if we might be a good fit to work together. Authors are under no obligation to purchase full services after a sample edit.

Do I have to pay for the sample if I request a full developmental edit?

Not necessarily! I offer free sample edits up to 3,000 words. If you later purchase a full developmental edit and your full manuscript totals over 20,000 words, I will automatically deduct those 3,000 words from the final total cost.

My manuscript isn’t finished. Can I still get a sample edit?

Absolutely. I often work with clients who are writing their first drafts and want some guidance on their opening chapters. However, if you wish to purchase a full developmental edit, I would strongly advise finishing your manuscript first. Not only is it more cost effective for you, it also allows me to provide a better quality service as I will have a complete idea of what you’re trying to achieve.

English isn’t my first language. Can I still send you my novel?

Yes, but as long as it’s an English translation!*

Unfortunately, I don’t read any other language to an expert or native level. I have a smattering of Russian but it won’t be enough unless you’ve written a picture book about a hedgehog trying to find a library. Therefore, I ask that all manuscripts are written in British or American English.

If you are not a native English speaker, please let me know as this may affect turnaround times.

Please note: Texts translated by a person are accepted. Texts translated through Google Translate are not.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read through my draft. I’ve read through your edits a few times and honestly, I completely agree with all of them – we’re absolutely on the same page.

Emma potter-peck (young adult)

Ready to get started? Great!

Fill out the form below to request a free sample edit.