Final Polish

Final Polish

Our Final Polish editing service has been devised for writers wanting to ensure their manuscript is as good as it can possibly be before looking to approach literary agents or self-publish.

One of our experienced editors will read your manuscript in its entirety, line-by-line edit 50% of the text (addressing punctuation, grammar, spelling, as well as highlighting errors and/or inconsistencies), offer 1-2 pages of notes alongside two revised versions of your manuscript (the first with suggested changes highlighted; the second with all suggested changes applied), then become available for a 30-minute follow-up call in which additional guidance on overall structure and how to maintain consistency will be discussed.

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How it works

Read our short guide to the Final Polish service.


  • Professional read-through and thorough edit of a substantial section of your work
  • Correction of poor grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Tackling of inconsistencies, repetition and writer blind spots
  • Detailed mark-up on your original manuscript
  • Sample 'clean' manuscript, purged of errors and inconsistencies
  • Guarantee of fundamental standards should you opt to submit to a literary agent or self-publish
  • A follow-up phone call of 30 minutes in order to further discuss how the manuscript works as a whole and address any other questions you might have

Please note: unless alternative arrangements have been agreed with W&A Admin and your Editor, your follow-up call should take place no more than two weeks after your Editor has uploaded their documents.

Why does the editor only edit 50% of the manuscript?

The purpose of this service is not to offer a developmental edit of a narrative, but to concentrate on addressing punctuation, grammar, spelling, and highlight errors and/or inconsistencies. This is known as copy-editing; a line-by-line approach that is a time-consuming process. The vast majority of errors and/or inconsistencies made within a manuscript, however, are often made within the first half and continue to be made throughout. The Final Polish editing service has been set up to make a writer fully aware of mistakes that have crept into their work and provide a framework in which to edit the rest of the manuscript independently.

What you need to submit

Before payment, you will need to complete our online form providing information about your book, as well as selecting your preferred editor.

After payment, you will need to submit your full manuscript, taking into account the word limit you selected upon purchase. You also need to upload either a synopsis or chapter outline.

If you are writing fiction or narrative non-fiction, please upload a one-page synopsis. Please read our Writing a Synopsis guide.

If you are writing subject-led non-fiction you need to upload a chapter outline. This should be no more than 5 pages. Please read our Writing a Chapter Outline guide for more information.

60,000-79,999 words

(a maximum of 40,000 words will be line-by-line edited)

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80,000-99,999 words

(a maximum of 50,000 words will be line-by-line edited)

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100,000-120,000 words

(a maximum of 60,000 words will be line-by-line edited)

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If you are submitting more than 120,000 words there is an additional charge of £12 per 1,000 words
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Payment plan options
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All prices are inclusive of VAT.

If your manuscript is longer than 120,000 words, or you are interested in a bespoke payment plan, please select the appropriate option above, press 'Buy now' and fill in the application form. W&A Admin will then be in touch to discuss your requirements.

After payment, please upload the required documents via the 'Services in Progress' area of your dashboard. The service cannot begin until you have uploaded all the documents Arrangements for your follow-up call with the editor will also be made via the ‘Services in Progress’ area of your dashboard.

Accessible To All

It’s of real importance to Writers & Artists that our editing services, events and writing courses remain accessible to all.

  • As part of our accessibility scheme, Writers & Artists are pleased to be able to offer financial assistance towards selected editing services. Please visit our bursaries page for further information about how to apply.
  • Our 2023-24 bursary funding runs until the end of February 2024.
  • Bursary applications for 2023-24 funding must be submitted by no later than 31st January 2024.
  • Please note that payment instalment plans are available for all W&A events, writing courses and editing services. Contact W&A Admin on so that we can find a payment schedule that works for you.