Let’s get another set of eyes on your book!
Line editing & Copyediting
You’ve just finished writing your first manuscript. (It is hard than it looks.)
First, you need to put it down and walk away for a while (the longer, the better). Enjoy the fact that you wrote a complete manuscript, and let the words marinate.
When you come back, you’ll be reading it with fresh eyes and it will be easier to see any errors or plot holes you need to fix.
Next, you’ll need the help of a few different people. Who you need exactly depends on the genre of your book, what you hope to accomplish with it, and how good of a writer you are.
What kind of editing do you need?
Developmental editors do a deep-dive into your manuscript. They look at big picture things like plot holes and any problems with characters. When they are done, the manuscript may have changed substantially.
Line editing focuses on making sure your language at the sentence and paragraph level is conveying the message you want to your audience in the way you want. This is kind of a bridge between developmental editing and copy editing.
Copy editors make sure your content is consistent, cohesive, and complete by reviewing the content for punctuation, grammar, and spelling errors, as well as inconsistencies and repetition.
Proofreading is the last step before publishing. The proofreader looks for errors in spelling, punctuation, formatting, and typos.
I do a combination of line editing and copyediting.
If you are wondering why you need so many people to help you with editing, let me ask you a question.
Do you want your book to make a good first impression? Do you want it to establish you as an authority? Do you want to avoid negative reviews?
If you answered “Yes” to any of those questions, then you need help editing. I mean, you certainly can edit your own work, and should—to a point. By all means, go through it two, three, or even four times before sending it off to the editor to make sure you have everything you want in there and arranged just so.
But then you start to wonder if that sentence makes sense.
Or if that word is spelled right. (Is there really no “e” in “lightning”?)
And does that word need an apostrophe to make is plural? (No, it doesn’t.)
You can run it through a program (or two) to check for grammar and spelling mistakes. And it helps, but it isn’t quite cutting it.
You wonder about some suggestions it made. And it didn’t tell you the one thing you really wanted to know: if your content flows well and the story is clear to your audience.
Let’s be honest—your time is better spent doing just about, just not editing.
You’d rather be in your zone of genius or spending time with your family than looking over your manuscript again.
I’m here to do that for you. I’m another set of eyes to help you on your publishing journey.
Line & CopyeditingStarts at
- Check flow
- Check consistency
- Flag text that could use rewording to ensure comprehension and readability.
- Check for errors in grammar
- Check for errors in spelling
- Check for errors in punctuation
- Check for errors in formatting
- Check consistency in spelling, capitalization, font usage, numerals, and hyphenation
- Make a style guide (if needed)