You did it! You finished finally writing and your manuscript is complete. Now what?
The next phase is editing, of course. First, you need to decide what kind of editing your manuscript needs. In publishing, the vast majority of manuscripts go through three stages of editing, and often each of these is performed by a different editor. I have put the following information into a FREE downloadable PDF. If you would like to have it, just click on the button in the sidebar.
This is a high-level look at the story content and is usually the first phase of editing. In this pass, the editor analyzes the structure and organization of the manuscript and gives recommendations to make the story stronger with regards to its concept and flow. There is no sense in proceeding to the next steps until this one is complete as there may be revisions or shifting of large sections of the manuscript.
This is when every word and mark of the manuscript is checked. The editor...
An editor will tell me if my work is good, right?
My editor is going to transform my book into a breakout novel that will jump to the top of Amazon’s sales rankings and make me a bestselling author, right?
Many authors look to editors to tell them if their writing is good, if the story is good, and if they are going to make a lot of money once it gets released. I for one, unfortunately, cannot find my crystal ball. The mystery of what it is editors actually do is where the disconnect lies between them and some of their customers.
To some authors, editors are these mysterious creatures who toil alone in an office with a computer doing something that involves words (Don’t get me wrong, this is how we like it). They seem to have potent magical powers because they are often the ones who screen submissions and deem whether they are worthy of their publishing house.
Doesn’t that mean they are experts in the subject...
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