He never forgets that this is your book

‘Dion promises to help an author make their work the best that it can be. He achieves this through an excellent understanding of the writing process, plot, characterisation, and pace. Dion has an eye for details, picking up on small facts and inconsistencies to make it all the more believable. He balances the need to …

Read moreHe never forgets that this is your book

Paul Melhuish

A lot less stressful than I thought

‘This was my first experience with an editor (outside of academia), and you made it a pleasant one. I was worried that things would be changed without my permission, I wouldn’t get a final say in things etc. and you took those fears away. I procrastinate and am anxious by nature, but the process was …

Read moreA lot less stressful than I thought

Nikki Tanner
Sunny, with a Chance of Zombies

Clear, concise, and extremely helpful

Dion’s feedback was clear, concise, and extremely helpful. I wouldn’t think twice about using him again!

Mike Garley
The Night Before

Impressed by the speed and precision of your responses

‘I’m amazed this is your first go as an editor. I’ve been impressed by the speed and precision of your responses, the organizational abilities displayed thus far and the excitement for the project you convey to all participants. I can honestly not think of a single interaction which could’ve been improved upon.’

Chris Bauer
Sunny, with a Chance of Zombies

Deeply responsive to a writer’s vision

‘Courteous, professional, thorough – Dion seems to instinctively grasp that the role of a good editor is to help shape and hone the text into the best it can possibly be. Unafraid to make bold suggestions, he’s also deeply responsive to a writer’s vision and voice. Working with him on my frankly bloody awkward collection …

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Kit Power
A Warning about Your Future Enslavement that You Will Dismiss as a Collection of Short Stories and Essays.

Loving grasp of the narrative whole

This Twisted Earth - a collection of short stories - available from Amazon bookstore

‘As an editor, Dion is possessed of a keen eye for detail tempered with a loving grasp of the narrative whole. His passionate editorial approach is driven by the uncompromising desire to facilitate a finished work that is both as accomplished and complete as possible. Unlike other perspicacious and gifted editors of my experience, his …

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Andrew Coulthard
This Twisted Earth (Vol.1)

Strengthened the story

‘It was fun. Glad to say, it wasn’t too traumatic. I knew there were likely to be a few tweaks to help continuity (since I was submitting to a shared world book that was evolving all the time) but you also made suggestions that strengthened the story on its own merits.’

The next level

‘No matter how brilliant you think your manuscript is already, Dion Winton-Polak will accelerate it to the next level.’

Joseph D'Lacey
The Veil (Vol.1)

A tireless work ethic

‘Dion is my go-to editor for UK novels. He has a great eye for detail and a tireless work ethic. He’s a joy to work with.’

Graeme Reynolds - Publisher
Horrific Tales Publishing

I wanted to improve, and kept coming back for more!

This Twisted Earth - a collection of short stories - available from Amazon bookstore

‘You went into a level of detail that I hadn’t experienced before, which was difficult for me as my confidence is paper thin, but you dealt with it in such a way that I wanted to improve, and kept coming back for more! You were also far less dictatorial than it seems a lot of …

Read moreI wanted to improve, and kept coming back for more!

Jacob Prytherch
This Twisted Earth (Vol.1)

A very pleasant experience

‘This is my first time working with an editor and you made it a very pleasant experience. I thought the editing process would be a bit overwhelming, but you made it manageable and relatively stress-free.’

Such a collaborative process

This Twisted Earth - a collection of short stories - available from Amazon bookstore

‘I hate editing – I tend to put it off for ages. I’ve had other edits done on short stories I’ve published but they have largely been cosmetic changes and have certainly not been such a collaborative process. I was worried that I’d feel a bit ‘precious’ about making changes but your comments were so …

Read moreSuch a collaborative process

Hereward L.M. Proops
This Twisted Earth (Vol.1)

His passion and enthusiasm shows through

Black Shuck Books - Horror with Bite LOGO for testimonial

‘The thing with Dion is that his passion and enthusiasm shows through in every project he works on. From conception to final proof, his level of dedication is second to none.’

Excellent attention to detail

‘Dion is a fine editor. Excellent attention to detail. I feel very lucky to have had him on my side.’

Malcolm Devlin
You Will Grow Into Them

Exactly what a person would pay for

This Twisted Earth - a collection of short stories - available from Amazon bookstore

‘There was never a change without a valid justification and you were open to dialogue which ended in a mutually approved draft. You were quite insightful and enthusiastic. The enthusiasm counted for a lot and eased the sting of any criticisms or change requests. All your changes seemed well-informed and came from a place with …

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Matt Lewis
This Twisted Earth (Vol.1)

Thorough and accurate

‘Dion proves himself very thorough and accurate in his work with us and has shown a particular sensitivity to and respect for the author’s work. His enthusiasm for the project is coupled with his professional manner and reliability with deadlines.’

George Sandison - Publisher

I’d definitely recommend him

‘I found Dion professional to work with and the book was all the better for his edits. I’d definitely recommend him.’

Paul Kane
The Rot

Personable and approachable

‘I must say that the biggest thing for me has been how personable and approachable you are (both via email and social networking) which is really important. You feel like a real person, rather than a red pen! I found your editing both sympathetic and strict, which is exactly the balance it needs to be. …

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Angeline Trevena
Sunny, with a Chance of Zombies


I can offer you a wide range of services depending on what you feel is needed to bring your document or manuscript up to standard. The basics fall under the general categories of Structural Report, Copy-Edit, Line Edit, and Proofread. (See my Price Chart for details.)

I am happy to discuss your particular situation to help determine the level of service required. Feel free to approach me if you have editorial needs that are not covered by this list – examples may include ghost-writing your blurbs and introductions, producing material for your mailing lists, or sharpening your adverts. We can negotiate prices for these alternative services on a job-by-job basis.

Please note, I do reserve the right to refuse a job if I deem that the writing is not of a sufficient quality to warrant editing yet. In such a circumstance I would, as a matter of courtesy, give the prospective client some general guidance to help them improve the quality of work for their next draft.

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Price Chart

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Structural Report £9 per 1000 words

Many people find it useful to check the quality of their work with ‘beta readers’ before spending their time and energy on copy-edits. A beta reader will provide you with a mass of feedback, from general opinions and questions of clarity to highlighting particularly problematic areas that require work. The service is typically free of charge, and done out of good will.

The value of this feedback can be variable, depending on how carefully the reader has considered the piece and how well their thoughts have been communicated. Distortion will often stem from the fact that many new writers ask friends and family members to fulfil this role. Unfortunately, they may be loath to risk hurting your feelings or ill-equipped to truly judge the value of your work, let alone advise you as to how it may best be strengthened.

My Structural service takes the form of an in-depth report, covering all manner of areas from plot structure and character development to dialogue, world-building, and writing style. It is a comprehensive analysis – without bias – from a person who has lived and breathed books all his life, and who knows how to be critical in a constructive and supportive fashion.

This is a broad-strokes service designed to help bring the quality of your work up to a level that may be considered publishable. You will still ultimately need to have a copy-edit done, and to go through the line editing and proofreading stages, but your chances of publication will be greatly increased by ensuring that your foundations are solid.

Copy-Edit £5 per 1000 words

Many writers comment on the surprise paths they have been led down by defiant characters and capricious muses, which can lead to all sorts of complications. The act of creation is an organic one, often rife with inconsistencies. Narrative style, in-world rules, character traits, and all manner of other details may be contradicted down the line.

My copy-editing service works like a comb, running through your work to find these knotty problems. I will provide an introductory email to give you a general overview, setting out any major issues which need to be addressed before finer details can be resolved. Then, on the manuscript itself, I will highlight and explain each issue and offer one or two suggestions as to how they may be untangled.

This is a fine-tuning service designed to get everything working well together, smoothing the kinks out and helping the author to think through a swathe of topics from the perspective of their audience. Readers have no background knowledge of the world, no extra insights into character. Have you told them everything they need to know? Do they feel what you need them to feel? Well, let’s make sure of it.

I offer a discount for combining this service with my Line Edit service.

Line Edit £8.00 per 1000 Words

You’ve worked hard on your project, you’ve stared at the screen until your eyeballs bled, you’ve slogged your guts out and it’s a diamond – you know it is – but you’re so familiar with it you can no longer see the imperfections. You think it’s ready to go out into the world, but is it? Is it really? What have you missed, damn it?

My line-editing service is a full, focused look at your work on a line by line basis. It can be shocking how much was missed on earlier passes, but the results will be worth it. This is the fine-toothed combing I pride myself on. I will be relentless, working with you to help make your manuscript shine. I will be challenging, I will be considerate, I will be thorough.

This is a rigorous service designed to perfect every aspect of your work. It should only be selected if you have already had your work copy-edited by somebody else, or in combination with my own copy-editing service.

Combined Copy and Line Edit £7 per 1000 words
My most popular service, and my preferred way of working. A real bargain at just £7.00 per 1000 words.
Proofread £4 per 1000 words

The cost of printing is rarely cheap, and people often try to save money where they can. However, the cost to your reputation will be even higher if your product hits the high street full of fundamental flaws. These can include (but are not limited to) spelling mistakes, missing or incorrect words, missing or inappropriate punctuation, inconsistent typography, self-contradictions, and incorrect information.

My proofreading service is non-judgemental on the style or inherent quality of your work. It takes as its starting point the position that you are already entirely happy with the content of your project, and you merely wish to ensure that it is presented without flaw.

This is a finishing-off service designed to protect your professionalism. It should only be selected if you have already had your work copy-edited and line edited by somebody else. Why somebody else? By the time you get to the proofreading stage, your work will have been examined over and over and over again. Your line editor will be snow-blind. It is absolutely vital to have fresh eyes on the project at this stage to give you the best chance of catching those last few errors. I’m happy to be those eyes.

Prices are guaranteed until the end of March 2019.

Deposit – I do now ask clients to pay a good-faith deposit up front, which would be deducted from their final bill. The amount will vary based upon the size of the project and how our working relationship develops across subsequent jobs.

Spread the cost – I now offer an Affordable Payment Plan option that is perfect for writers who are still working on those early drafts. Simply set up a standing order for a set amount each month, then get cracking on your writing. You can save up for the deposit or keep it all going to fund the job in full – whatever works for you. I will send you monthly updates on how much money you’ve accrued. Just tell me when you’re ready and we can get started on the edits. And don’t worry – if you change your mind before I’ve begun to work on your manuscript, I will refund your money in full. No questions asked.

Prices will rise in April 2019. However, beginning an Affordable Payment Plan before then will lock in the current price.

Take a look at some of my completed work.

Thana Niveau
The House of Frozen Screams
High Cross by Paul Melhuish - book cover
High Cross
You will grow into them - by Malcolm Devlin - available on Amazon
The Veil by Joseph D'Lacey - available on Amazon
Joseph D. Lacey
A Warning - by Kit Power - available from Amazon
The Rot by Paul Kane available from Amazon
Paul Kane
This Twisted Earth - a collection of short stories - available from Amazon bookstore
Six Minutes To Midnight
Sunny With A Chance of Zombies - order now from Amazon
KnightWatch Press

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