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Manuscript Editing Services

Book and Novel Editing Service in Australia

Whether you plan to self-publish your book or you have a publisher in mind, ensuring that your manuscript is clear, well thought out and grammatically correct is imperative. Manuscripts come in many different shapes and sizes — they may have started their life as a thesis or a research or scientific paper; or they may be written by more than one author. But what all have in common is they represent an enormous investment both in time and effort.

Today, many publishers expect authors to have already had their manuscripts professionally edited. Capstone Editing can help you with this. Our book editors also offer developmental editing service, where we will work with you from the very beginning of the writing process, advising on everything from conception and structure to outlining through our substantive manuscript editing services.
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If you choose to self-publish, it’s still advisable to use professional book editors to ensure your finished manuscript is of publishable quality. Capstone Editing provides professional book editing services in Australia for both scientific and fiction books, and our book editors are among the best available in the country.

Foolproof Book Editing Services for All Writers

Capstone Editing’s editing services for writers will give your book the competitive edge it needs in an increasingly competitive publishing world. Our experienced editors ensure that your manuscript is:

  • logically structured and follows standard requirements for major publishers in your chosen field
  • free of errors and inappropriate spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • find a book editor who writes in the appropriate style and tone for your genre and target audience.

We will return your manuscript to you publication-ready, with appropriate formatting and referencing.

If you are a self-published author, your manuscript will be formatted and referenced for your intended sales platform.

If more than one author is involved in the writing of your book, your editor will ensure consistency of language use and the coherence of the manuscript. They will also check and improve your manuscript for structure and logical organisation.

Choose Capstone Editing as Your Literary Editors

Capstone Editing has an enviable reputation for high-quality proofreading and editing services. Over the years, we’ve worked with numerous academic authors, both in Australasia and further afield. To date, we’ve edited work from authors from every university in Australia and New Zealand and many other universities around the world. Our success speaks for itself, and our customer testimonials back this up.

To ensure our continued success, we only ever hire skilful editors with significant experience in the academic editing field. Every editor who joins us takes part in our rigorous training program, which includes our in-house styles and procedures. Our novel editors cover a range of disciplines and together have more editing experience than any other team in Australia. So, you can feel confident that we’ll have someone who is well versed in your discipline.

Request a Quotation for Book Editing Services in Australia

If you want to hire an editor for your book. Just request a quotation for our book editing services, submit your details via the ‘Order Now’ link. We’ve made it as convenient as possible to pay with interest-free payment plans through Humm, PayRight and PayPal Pay in 4.

If you have any questions about any of our proofreading services or about our research editors, check out our FAQ or contact our Customer Support team.
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The Benefits of Book Editing

Your manuscript could not be in better hands than those of one of Capstone Editing’s specialist academic editors. As Australia’s premier editing service, we specialise in academic material and have edited more manuscripts than any other editing service in Australia. From book proposal to publication, you can be certain that you will receive the highest-quality professional editing available. Our mission is to help you to reach your publishing goals through our expert novel editing and non-fiction book editing services.

Your expert book editor will ensure your manuscript is:
  • Free of errors and infelicities in grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Written in a style and tone appropriate for your genre and target audience
  • Correct and consistent in the placement and captioning of tables and figures
  • Logically structured, following standard requirements for major publishers in the field
  • Publication-ready, with appropriate formatting and referencing
For those authors targeting a particular publisher, your editor will ensure your book:
  • Follows the often-complex language house style of your target publisher
  • Follows all the formatting and referencing guidelines of your publisher
  • Has the best chance of acceptance for publication the first time, with minimal revision
  • Conforms stylistically and structurally with other books published in a series
For self-publishing authors, professional book editing guarantees:
  • Adherence to the formatting and referencing guidelines most appropriate for your genre and planned sales platform
  • The same high standards and consistency in language, structure and formatting as those produced by traditional publishers
  • Your manuscript will be polished and impeccably presented, satisfying the expectations of your target market
For authors of collaboratively written works, your editor will check and improve your manuscript for:
  • Consistency in language use and expression between authors
  • Logical organisation and structure, including between and within chapters
  • The coherence of the manuscript as a whole

Do You Want To Hire an Editor For Your Book?

Manuscript authors can select from the full range of services offered by Capstone Editing.

Premium Copyediting

Capstone Editing’s Premium Copyediting service is the ideal choice for clients requiring manuscript editing. Our highly experienced copy editors will edit your manuscript for language (including grammar, spelling and punctuation); logic, clarity and flow; internal consistency and completeness; and structure. For those clients who are targeting a specific publisher or genre, your editor will ensure that your manuscript adheres to the required house style, formatting and referencing guidelines.

You can submit your manuscript online for our Premium Copyediting service at any time.

Substantive and Platinum (Heavy) Editing

For authors or academics whose manuscripts require more work to give them either the best chance for traditional publication or the greatest sales potential possible if self-publishing, we offer two more intensive editing options:

  • Substantive Editing:
    Capstone Editing’s Substantive Editing service builds on the Premium Copyediting service by including additional work to improve any organisational, structural, logic or flow issues the manuscript may have. If necessary, book editors will work with authors on rewording the text of the manuscript to ensure maximum effectiveness of expression. For clients adapting their theses into manuscripts for publication, this is the service for you.
  • Platinum (Heavy) Editing:
    In addition to all aspects provided by the Premium Copyediting service, Capstone Editing’s Platinum (Heavy) Editing service includes substantial sentence rewording and detailed assistance and advice on matters of organisation and structure, as well as statements requiring further support. This service was designed specifically for non-Native English (ESL) writers, but would be suitable for any client whose prose would benefit from a deeper level of editing.

If you would like information about prices for our Substantive or Heavy Editing service, please email us with the manuscript for editing and details about how we can help you.


Our book proofreading service is designed for those manuscripts that have been previously copyedited or that do not require structural or language editing. Capstone Editing’s proofreaders will ensure your manuscript is consistent, perfectly presented and publication-ready.

Simply email us today, with your document attached, to request the book proofreading service.

Tailor-Made Services

Capstone Editing also offers tailor-made book editing solutions. Whether you want formatting only, require alternate referencing and conversion of your manuscript into American English for publishing on the American market, or are a publisher looking for a reliable provider of Premium Copyediting services capable of handling any volume of work, we can help. 

For more information about our rates for research or scientific manuscript or novel editing, simply email us with your requirements and the document concerned.

Our Reputation

We are proud of our reputation as the highest-quality academic editing service available. Testimonials from our past clients and the examples of our editing we provide here demonstrate the quality of our work.

Editing examples

These documents provide representative examples of our work for past clients.


I would like to thank my editor at Capstone Editing for her thorough edit of my grant proposal. Her suggestions gave me better ways of expressing myself with clarity and (importantly for grant proposals) with fewer words! She provided detailed comments on her edits that helped ensure that we didn’t inadvertently change the intended meaning. I appreciated her attention to the details of formatting and nuances of meaning across the document. I highly recommend her to help improve the readability and clarity of academic documents.

Dr Monica Barratt NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of New South Wales

Capstone Editing has edited many journal articles for me. Their editors' thorough command of language really helps in making sure that the article is well expressed and free of errors. They work very quickly and I have found it invaluable to have somebody format an article to the style of the particular journal. It is a massive time saver that allows me to move on to my next piece of work. I plan to use Capstone's services again, including for a book project I have coming up. I highly recommend Capstone Editing to academics wanting to save time and wanting to submit their work with the confidence that it has been thoroughly looked over and formatted to their particular requirements.

Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan Political Science Charles Stuart University

The fast, elegant and professional service provided by Capstone Editing saved me hours, days and weeks of work for which I am truly grateful. They worked to very tight deadlines and formatted, fixed and corrected my thesis so that I could submit it on time (and within my budget!) The editors who edited my thesis had phenomenal attention to detail and provided me with tremendously valuable feedback that improved the quality of my thesis. In addition to the usual material, my thesis had dozens of tables in both portrait and landscape format, a research study and case studies. My editors very quickly corrected and fixed all the material I threw at them and went beyond the call of duty to provide me with a beautifully referenced and immaculately formatted thesis. I am so appreciative of their advice and assistance.

Cheryl-Anne Whitlock Master of Arts (Journalism) University of Wollongong

Capstone Editing’s simple order process provides easy access to professional academic editing. In most cases, universities cover the cost of editing for their academic staff and we can invoice them directly.

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Capstone Editing is proud to be the only editing service in Australia to offer an after-pay service to our clients. Access top-quality editing when you need it, and pay for it over time in manageable instalments.

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Capstone Editing has chosen to partner with Payright (Devizo Pty Ltd ABN 24 605 753 535) and Humm (Certegy Ezi-Pay Pty Ltd ABN 28 129 228 986) because they are Australian businesses that practise responsible lending.