Science Fiction Book Proofreading and Editing

"…my expectations were surpassed. I was happy with the sample edit, but the full edit went above and beyond. I have worked through half the edited book and haven’t found an error; the wise comments on plot, character, etc. have really impressed me."

One of the most important features of good science fiction is the ability to create a logically consistent universe. Maintaining sufficient coherency requires careful planning and diligence when determining characters’ motivations, opinions, and available options. By engaging a professional science fiction novel proofreading/editing service, authors can work with someone with experience of the writing process, offering a seasoned second perspective regarding internal logic, consistency and character development, while also eliminating grammatical errors, paring down redundancies and checking spelling.

Readers are happy to suspend their disbelief for a good story, as long as the rules are established early and the story steadfastly adheres to them. Adding a new device or species to solve a single problem (and often immediately discarding it afterwards) is seen as a cop out. For example, the latest generation of Star Trek films have introduced a teleportation device that can move someone instantaneously from one planet to another, making spaceships redundant; it will be interesting to see how the writers can possibly extract themselves from having painted themselves into such a corner, as the use of spaceships is a foundational motif of the series.

One tip for writing is to be conservative with the rate at which you think up new names, languages, and so on. Readers must be able to relate to the story, and introducing novel terms and concepts too rapidly (or cryptically) can befuddle, marring the reader’s immersion. You want your reader to be able to empathise with your characters to a certain degree, and be able to quickly understand the actions they are performing; creating too many new devices that require new verbs to be invented to describe characters’ interactions with it will leave readers confused as to what’s going on.

Another good hint to consider when getting started is that how characters react during times of change often presents the most interesting stories for an author. Anything from the development of a new technology to the upheaval of the entire Universe can provide opportunities for an author to exploit, but remember that the small, personal stories of how people react to situations are often what keep readers most firmly hooked. Battles between gigantic interstellar cruisers may look fantastic on a movie screen, but making such a battle interesting in a book is no easy task.

With all that in mind, a careful author should also be aware that simple grammatical errors can also break a reader’s immersion, and simple grammatical errors give a reader the impression that an author is amateurish. Unfortunately, going back over a work with the proverbial fine-tooth comb can often quench an author’s creativity, stifling their progress. A professional science fiction book proofreading service would be able to find and fix those errors with a higher degree of accuracy and more rapidly, while giving the author final say of each correction and providing useful, informative comments that explain the editor’s reasoning behind the more technical aspects of the corrections they have suggested.