In this post we will discuss the editing process in a little more detail, for some of you I know this will be a scary thing to do. For others it will serve as a refresher.
Now I know it is a scary thing, you have finally finished your manuscript, you have poured all your blood, sweat and tears into it. You have been through it countless times and edited it just as many, now you are ready for the HUGE step of sending it away. Let me first tell you editors (Or good editors) are really not the spawn of the devil, they really are there to help you and their main goal is to make that book you have been working on the best it can be. After all they are also putting their name out there and word of mouth counts, even in the editing sector of the book industry.
So you finally found the editor that you think fits your needs? CONGRATULATIONS this is a hard job in itself and one you should make sure you pay full attention to. So what are you going to expect from your editor? What sort of edits do you need? Well this is where I am here to help you ……….
This is a more comprehensive partnership between author and editor, bringing them together as one to make sure the final product is the best it can be. Content editing is designed to address stylistic elements such as concept, tone, characterization, and organization. It will also cover intended word use and genre-specific conventions. The editor’s focus will also be on improving sentence structure, and the editor will ask the author questions – lots of questions – before they give feedback directly to the author. If they think a manuscript might need a little restructuring, so that the flow and readability of the final product will look better, they will give the author this feedback, too. Their aim is to ALWAYS make sure the best product is put out there for the readers and fans to enjoy.
Copy editing is a little different; in this the editor will address the technical elements such as grammar, spelling, punctuation and consistency. They do this so that the final product is as error free as possible, so your work can shine when it is published.
By combining the above two elements together, an editor will work with the author to ensure that the intended storytelling and characters are getting across as desired to the audience. They do this by reading as a fan – as well as an editor – so the author gets the best of both worlds.
Once your manuscript has been through the above processes by your chosen editor, I will be doing a separate post covering the best ways to choose your editor. Now you are ready to move onto the next stage. In the next instalment I will cover the need for Proof reading and Beta reading