Did you know that there are different kinds of editing?
Well, there are four different kinds of editing related to publishing your book that I’ll describe below: developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading.
This kind of editing may also be called structural or substantive editing. The developmental editor is all about looking at the big picture. They help improve the structure, organization, and content of the writing. These editors help identify plot holes, make sure the story is organized in a way the reader can understand, and help fix story and character issues. After a developmental edit, your story may have changed quite a bit. This is the first step in the editing process.
A line edit is next. Line editors look at the writing on a sentence and paragraph level to help with writing style and language use. Things they may point out include run-on sentences, overuse of a word, and tightening up paragraphs. By focusing on the flow and content of your words, they make sure the message you want to send to your audience gets there in the way you want. They help the author make sure they have chosen the best words and way to convey their message without boring the reader to death with unnecessary details.
Copyediting comes after developmental and line editing. The copy editor looks for errors in spelling, grammar, syntax, and punctuation. They also check facts, flow, and consistency. This level of editing may not seem as important, but I disagree. The copy editor will make sure your book is professional and flows well for your readers. You could have the best story in the world, but if the reader has to slog through bad spelling, grammar, and punctuation, they will miss what makes your story so great.
Proofreading is the last step. The proofreader will check for any errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. They also check for errors in formatting, which is very important in books.
Now, don’t confuse proofreading for copyediting. The proofreader is only checking for final errors. They shouldn’t have to flag if a passage is unclear or if you spelled your main character’s name as “Audrey” in the first half of the book and “Audry” in the second half.
Please keep these descriptions in mind when you are trying to figure out who you need next in your publishing journey.
If you’re unsure who you need, or you know who you need but are not sure how to find them, please reach out. I know any people in the industry, and I’m happy to connect you.
And if you are ready for a copy editor, I’d love to learn more about your book.