Editing Types and Definitions

Never worked with an editor before? No worries!

Here are some quick definitions, so that we’re both on the same page.

coffee_mug_256-150x150Manuscript critique is the first step in the editorial process. You’ve written something you love, but you don’t know where to go from there. I’ll read what you’ve got and give you plenty of feedback on the work’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as some great ideas for ways we can team up to make your book truly kick-ass.

>>The final product I deliver: Think of a manuscript critique as a book review from a really excited reader – but you get to read it before the book is published. I’ll send you my detailed review of your work, with all the overarching pros and cons noted and discussed.

manuscript_256Copy and content editing comes next. You’ve got a book that you think is pretty great, it’s been revised a few times with input from your family, friends or writing groups, and you want to nail it all down for publication. I’ll correct your manuscript, looking for mechanical errors, typos and grammar issues (copy editing) and will include notes on any bits of the story that seem confusing, wonky or could use a little more explanation (content editing). After this step, your book is almost ready for its world debut.

>>The final product I deliver: Copy and content editing notes are delivered using Microsoft Word’s “Track Changes” function. You’ll see all of my changes highlighted in the text, along with any notes about the manuscript.

pencil_256Proofreading is the final pass over a completed manuscript, in search of the annoying spelling and typing errors that your computer’s spell checker just can’t catch. (For example, clearing up any there/their/they’re confusion, and making sure your em dashes aren’t en dashes or vice-versa.) After proofreading, your manuscript is ready for print and it’s time to crack open some champagne!

>>The final product I deliver: Depending on your preference, I can either proofread a Word document or a Scrivener file. In either case, I will send back a proofed manuscript, ready for publication.

Do I need *all* of that?!

Not necessarily! You can jump in anywhere in this process, or purchase a start-to-finish plan to move your book from first to final draft. These are just the definitions I use when working with clients, to make sure we both understand what services are being purchased and what the final product will be.

Can I run two of these services at the same time?

I’d highly recommend NOT doing that. Why? Because if I’m critiquing your manuscript, you will most likely wind up with notes requiring major revisions to your piece.

Even if you ignore all of my advice from a manuscript critique and want to move forward with copy editing, it’s best to do these two services separately, one after the other. This ensures that your manuscript will receive two separate readings, which will help me catch all the necessary items for correction and do a better job for you as your editor.

Ready to get started?

Let’s connect! Check out my Editorial Services page for my rates and to contact me about a project.