Editing Services

I offer comprehensive editing and proofreading services for picture book manuscripts.

I give feedback on story length, structure, character development, voice, rhyme & rhythm (if applicable) as well as line-by-line comments on spelling, grammar, punctuation, style and word choice.

My standard charge is $40/€35/£30 per manuscript under 1000 words.

In today’s market, picture books rarely exceed 1000 words. However, for a small additional charge I can shorten your longer story to an appropriate length or help you assess which genre/age category it belongs to.

Contact me for a quote at helen.ishmurzin@gmail.com or via my contact page!


“Helen is a quick and professional copy editor. I appreciated her responsiveness and skill. My text was written in rhyme, and she tackled the meter with grace and clarity. When offering corrections for my text she even wrote some clever lyrics as alternative options. I highly recommend her to anyone writing children’s literature and poetry!”

– Dr Jolie Williams, author

“It was great to work with Helen and I trusted her completely because she took a thorough look at all aspects of the story and even provided feedback on whether everything made sense. She was also very good at keeping to the deadline. I was extremely satisfied with Helen’s copy editing work.”

– Hasnaa Lamik, author