Has your manuscript been professionally edited? If not, it needs to be.
You’re probably feeling psyched about your book cover and the interior layout, but has your book been professionally edited? (By someone who provides editing services for a living, not a friend or relative.)
Compass Flower Press and AKA:Publishing provide editorial services of all types, from developmental editing to final proofreading. We know how the brain spoils a pair of eyes gets with familiarity of the words after a pass-or-two, and the fabulous (but terrible) brain’s ability to gloss over mistakes. But, the reader has never looked at our story before now, and those errors will jump off the page and fill their eyes with a jarring blemish — and their minds with an unforgiving judgement!
Types of book editors:
- Developmental Editor: A development editor is a person who deals with the overall organization of a book’s manuscript, rather than incremental changes including wording or sentence structure. A development editor also addresses reordering entire blocks of text, which sometimes includes reordering entire chapters to provide clarity. The edit may also address tone and voice, the addition/subtraction of material, complexity of material and transitions between paragraphs of the book. This editing is often the first suggestion from an agent or publisher.
- Content Editor: A content editor is someone who edits the content (or subject matter) of a book, in addition to its form. This person will often recommend substantive corrections to a manuscript, such as those affecting presentation, believability, relevance and so forth.
- Copyeditor: CEs edit or redact copy in the manuscript submitted by the author in order to correct grammar irregularities and inconsistencies, or correcting punctuation, spelling, tense, usage and style.
- Line Editor: Line editors perform a larger edit to include voice, tone and phrasing, compared to a typical copy edit. Fiction line editing takes the story’s pacing, character development, handling of details, vocabulary of the period and place where the novel is placed, and how natural the dialogue sounds. A line editor also focuses on correcting errors in grammar, punctuation and writing style.
- Stylesheet: The document prepared during a copyedit which enforces the standards and consistency of how numbers, abbreviations, word usage and punctuation are to be handled. If you’re using acronyms or unusual spellings, then it’s useful to include them in a stylesheet for the editor to expand upon when the manuscript is submitted.
- Proofreading: A proofreader reads through the typeset material to ensure the content matches the book’s manuscript. Incorrect grammar, punctuations, spelling or usage are queried to the editor. This is usually the last step in the editing process, and could include several proofreaders.
- Ghostwriter: This person is contracted by an author or publisher to write, or cowrite, a book from material provided by the author. This “starter material” may include author’s notes, manuscript, even photos adn audio or video interviews.. The author provides as much material as possible and the ghostwriter takes it from there.