Free Sample Edit


Acres of Ink offers a free sample edit up to 3,000 words. All genres and manuscripts types are welcome.

Please note: writers are under no obligation to purchase full services.

Why is it free?

Novels can be intensely personal things. Choosing professionals to work with you on your novel–whether it be a developmental editor, literary agent or publisher–should be a personal choice too.

Acres of Ink offers a sample edit to ensure that every writer is happy with the AOI working style before committing to any other purchase.

How does it work?

Step 1

Request a sample edit via the Contact Page (or click the link 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!

Have more questions before you get in touch? Read the FAQs below or email


Who will be editing my novel?

Your novel will be edited by Kim Goodacre, who is a professional writer and editor.

Kim has a degree in English & American Literature from the University of Kent and is trained by the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. She set up Acres of Ink in 2017, after working as a feature writer and editor for over eight years.

Although Kim loves–and welcomes–fiction of all kinds, her specialist genres are:

  • children’s literature
  • young adult fiction
  • fantasy novels
  • modernist or literary texts

English is not my first language. Can I still send you my novel?

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

Unfortunately, Kim doesn’t read any other language to an expert or native level–her smattering of Spanish and Russian isn’t enough! Therefore, all documents sent to Acres of Ink must be written in English (British or American English is accepted).

If you are not a native English speaker, please let Kim know as it may affect estimated editing times.

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

Ready to get started? Great!