A note on COVID-19: All services are available during lockdown, as I work from home. For updates on the pandemic, visit the South African Department of Health’s news portal here.
As authors, we dream the grandest of dreams. We’re driven by creative and existential urgency. There’s something unique in us that we need to share with others, and the manuscripts we put so much into are the single most remarkable creative expressions of who we are. Be they novels, memoirs or motivational and self-help texts, we want our writing to stand the best chance of reaching those whose lives we know our books will change. Liquid Type is a small business whose mission is to help authors get their manuscripts into the best possible shape. As a specialised book-production services company, Liquid Type is committed to fine attention to detail, exceptional services and the highest standards. Liquid Type offers editing and proofreading, ebook design, manuscript evaluations and self-publishing services. Please contact me for a quote or more information on pricing, processes and timeframes.
‘Working with Wesley Thompson (of Liquid Type) is an absolute treat. Not only is he a superb copy-editor and proofreader, he also writes and overwrites on tricky projects. I’ve been working with Wesley for at least seven years now and have no hesitation in recommending him for editing, proofreading, writing and project management. Always on time and on budget, Liquid Type is my first port of call for editorial work. I estimate that Wesley has had a hand, in some form, in almost every one of the 70 titles I’ve produced in the last seven years. Impeccable.’ — Russell Clarke, Editorial & Production Manager, Bookstorm
Liquid Type offers editing and proofreading services on non-fiction books as well as novels. My editorial approach is underpinned by harmonising the author’s genius with the reader’s sense in order to create a seamless reading experience. I offer structural editing, copy-editing and proofreading, all of which are described in more detail below.
Structural editing is aimed at helping authors improve on many aspects of writing, including structure, plot, characterisation, pacing, language, grammar, factual accuracy, dialogue and clarity. The editor makes some changes and adds comments directly to the manuscript for the author to address and work on, and it often involves several rounds of editing. Through this process, the editor guides the author in producing the best-possible draft manuscript.
Copy-editing is much more detailed than structural editing. In copy-editing, the editor makes changes to your text, line by line, to correct errors and improve on things like grammar, style, voice, tone and factual accuracy. Often, the editor also makes some comments on the overall structure of the text and raises queries for the author to address relating to facts or clarity.
Proofreading involves meticulously identifying errors in the manuscript after copy-editing. A good proofreader trains her or his eyes to dwell on every letter or character, combing texts for style, grammar and punctuation errors. Good proofreaders add value by spotting factual errors and keeping an eye out for layout issues.
‘Liquid Type (Wesley Thompson) has provided an ePub/ePDF conversion service to Jonathan Ball Publishers on numerous occasions … I greatly enjoy working with Wesley. His prices are not only competitive, but he is knowledgeable about his trade and always willing to share that information. Wesley goes the extra mile to ensure his clients are happy, meeting deadlines with a can-do, professional attitude while he creates functional, attractive ebooks. I would definitely recommend Wesley as a converter to anyone seeking this service.’ — Jaclyn Woods
Liquid Type offers simple and enhanced ebook design as well as consultation on digital-publishing solutions (including self-publishing). Ebooks created by Liquid Type are individually tailored, and all technical production is handled in-house, meaning that ebooks by Liquid Type are produced with fine attention to detail, and distinctive consideration is given to preserving the title’s print composition while meeting the demands of adaptable, reflowable rendering across a range of devices and platforms.
‘I am relishing going through the work you have done on my manuscript. I’ve published with Shuter & Shooter, Lowry Press, Southern Books, Ravan, Viking, Penguin, Jonathan Ball Publishers, etc. but this is the best editing I’ve ever had … I’m thrilled with the care you have taken and the questions you are asking. Many thanks.’ — David Robbins, award-winning author of Walking to Australia
It’s very difficult to know how good your manuscript is. Will it be accepted by a publisher? How can you improve it? A manuscript evaluation, or reader’s report, is usually a good first step to take, and it is cheaper than structural editing. A manuscript evaluation is a report of a few pages detailing your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses. It focusses on how you can improve on things like structure, plot, characterisation, pacing, language, grammar, factual accuracy, dialogue, clarity and appeal to readers and publishers. Having a manuscript evaluation done will empower you to ensure your book is the best it can be before starting the self-publishing process or submitting to publishers.
‘The self-publishing experience has been very exciting and fulfilling. I have learned a lot about the various stages involved in the production of the book. Liquid Type Publishing Services is the best and I will always consider them when I publish my third book.’ — Kagiso Sithole, author of The Truth Not Lived
Liquid Type offers a full suite of self-publishing services, including: editing and proofreading, ebook design, typesetting, manuscript evaluations and creating and managing accounts on digital-publishing platforms.
After studying an Honours degree in Publishing at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in 2007, Wesley Thompson worked in various positions at Macmillan Education and Pan Macmillan South Africa, eventually being promoted to Digital Publisher. In 2013 he left Macmillan to start his own business, and since then he has offered book-production services to a wide range of clients, including Macmillan Education, Pan Macmillan, Bookstorm, Jonathan Ball Publishers, Porcupine Press, Picador Africa and many individual authors. In 2016 Wesley studied an Honours degree in Creative Writing at Wits. He completed his Master’s in Creative Writing at Wits in 2019. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Sociology, as well as an Honours degree in English Literature. His short story, ‘The Deliciousness of Lucerne’, won the Deon Hofmeyr Prize for Creative Writing in 2016 and was published in Itch. In 2018 he authored ‘Education and Career Opportunities in the Wine Industry’, a chapter in The Colour of Wine (Bookstorm Publishers).