Writing, Proofreading & Editing

Writing isn’t easy, is it? If you need a hand, we’re here to help. Writing is kind of what we do here. Then again, you know what they say about monkeys and typewriters… See below for our list of services.

All critique, editing and/or writing work comes courtesy of Michael, Manchester Writing School alum. He is an experienced copywriter (worked for Firemill Consultancy), English teacher, not-yet novelist, and author of short stories. His work-in-progress is a novel set in Italy and China throughout SARS in the early 2000s.

*Check out Michael’s short story ‘Wytchfynder‘ in A J Dalton’s The Book of Witches (2020) from Kristell Ink & Grimbold Books (Best Independent Press, British Fantasy Awards 2017). His latest story ‘Boleskine‘ was published in 2021’s The Book of Demons and ‘[TBD]’ is set to appear in 2022’s The Book of the Dead.*

You can read his flash fiction here (alongside a selection of talented international writers).

Michael currently resides in Milan, where he teaches English, but he is available to service clients from all continents. For qualifications and recommendations, feel free to connect with Michael on LinkedIn.

Sirius, on the other paw, is an intelligent dog capable of something not quite resembling human speech.

Proofreading | Copyediting

Proofreading is a general assessment of your text (fiction, nonfiction, professional copy), focused on correcting basic errors and improving readability. We will make no changes beyond spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes, while suggesting changes for: tautology, parallelisms, subject-verb agreement, and simple syntax.

For more comprehensive copyediting, we can make revisions and rewrites to improve the structure, voice, narrative flow, etc., taking into consideration your intended audience and purpose. We can make you sound more eloquent, more professional, or like a native English speaker.

We would highly recommend the comprehensive package if English is not your first language or you struggle to express yourself effectively. Strong communication in workplaces and professional sectors will open doors to career advancement and allow for greater networking opportunities. Success starts with words on a page.

Following each completed draft, we will send back the revised document for you to review. The author always has the final say, so if you don’t like something, let us change it. You can expect complete confidentiality, competitive pricing, and fast turnaround. Go ahead and send us a message via the Contact Us page.

Fiction | Ghostwriting | Developmental Editing

We provide proofreading and copyediting services for fiction, plus guidance on works in progress, no matter whether you’re an experienced novelist branching into a new genre or a novice working on your first draft. Sometimes, it takes a good editor to set a story on the right track. You’ll thank them for it too.

Got a killer idea but can’t get a word down? There’s nothing spooky about ghostwriting, so let’s bring your ideas to life.

We can start at the beginning, the end, or somewhere in the middle. Whether you’re still in the early stages of planning your bestseller, or you’ve got a stack of yellow legal pads filled with plot outlines and character descriptions, we’ll work together to ensure your story becomes a reality.

Writers don’t need editors like surgeons need nurses in the operating theatre, but they are handy sources of support and technical advice. Juggling plot, theme, suspense, character development, narrative voice, description, grammar, structure, and pacing is no easier than juggling three tennis balls, two cats, two waffle irons, a duck, and a chainsaw. Editors point out all the invisible issues holding back your story from reaching its full potential.

For writers querying literary agents, we can write you a professional cover letter and synopsis, as well as offer practical advice on how to raise eyebrows, improve marketability, and get your work published.

Look no further than Sirius Editorial. Believe us when we tell you, intelligent dogs are hard to find.


We accept payments via PayPal or bank transfer. We charge per word, although fees vary depending on the type and volume of work required:

  • 3p (GBP) per word for proofreading and non-intensive revision (all copy types), synopses, cover letters, etc.
  • 5p (GBP) per word for intensive copyediting or developmental editing, e.g., fiction, web copy, essays, and dissertations.
  • 3p (GBP) per word for short fiction critiques.
  • Flat rate for ghostwriting (fiction; price negotiable based on proposed word count and turnaround).

For any of the above services, head to the Contact Us page to submit your query. Be sure to include any/all of the following in your message:

  • Assignment brief
  • Detailed description of your needs
  • Approximate word count for proposed work(s)
  • Sample of the text (if applicable)

For copywriting and content writing, see our dedicated page, where you can read our takes on honesty and simplicity in advertising, and how to craft potent copy.

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