Have the last couple of years given you a lot of material to work with? Did you take up writing as a way to process all that life was throwing at you and discover a story or message just begging to be shared?
As you evaluate your goals and hopes for the coming year, maybe this is the year you write your book. Or maybe you carved out the time during quarantine to draft your manuscript and you’re wondering what comes next. Well, I’m here to help!
How Does the Editing Process Work?
If you have a document hanging out on your computer with lots and lots of words, it’s time for some outside input. And hiring an editor is a great place to start! An editor provides an objective eye to your written work at both a macro level and a micro level.
If you’re just beginning to work on your book or you are workshopping some ideas, a developmental edit could prove beneficial. This type of edit will help you shape the direction of your book and ensure your idea has enough gas in the tank for a full-length book.
If you have more or less finished your book and have even done some self-editing, a substantive or line edit is the choice for you. A line edit looks at the whole arc of the manuscript from start to finish and ensures clarity, cohesiveness, and conciseness. It address issues like plot holes, order of chapters, and character details (like if you accidentally switched names on them midway through the book).
Once a line edit has been done, copy editing comes next. Copy editing zooms in on a micro level and addresses issues like grammar, typos, light formatting, and adherence to the Chicago Manual of Style. All the big changes have been made at this point, it’s just minor details that are being addressed at this point.
How I Can Help
My editing services are available to you! I offer a free discovery call + sample edit to see if we would be a good fit as an editor/author team. I offer developmental, line, and copy editing for non-fiction projects, but am open to just the right fiction project. So let’s chat!
Writing a book is one of the hardest things you can do, so if you’ve made it this far, congratulations! The real work is just beginning though. Take your project across the finish line by hiring an editor. Together, we can make your book shine.
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