So, you have written your novel. You poured your heart and soul into it. What next?
Of course, you want to get it published. If you are very good and very lucky, you can get picked up by one of the major publishing houses. That will most likely entail getting an agent to represent you. Alternatively, as many authors are doing now, you can go the POD (Publishing on Demand) route and self-publish.
Whichever route you take, one thing is vital: you need to get your manuscript edited. A poor editing job will sink any chance you have of getting an agent or publisher to accept it, and if you decide on self-publishing, it will make your book look like an amateur piece of work, not worthy of anyone taking the time to read it.
If you are already finished with your manuscript, there are three major forms of editing of interest:
Proofreading is the simplest form of editing. You can think of it as checking for typos and spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors.
2. Copy Editing (or Line Editing)
Copy editing is more involved than simple proofreading. It performs the same functions, but the copy editor also makes recommendations on style and word usage.
3. Content Editing (or Substantive Editing)
Content editing is the most substantive form of editing. A content editor looks at the manuscript as a whole. Recommendations are made on style, logic, flow, facts, structure, and organization. A content editor may recommend minor or wholesale changes. While a copy editor's mission is to make a manuscript technically correct, a content editor's mission is to make a manuscript better.
One of the biggest mistakes new authors make is to try and edit their own work. Very, very few people have that ability.
Sleight-of-hand artists make their living off the fact that the human brain sees what it expects to see, not necessarily what is reality. The same thing happens when an author decides to do his or her own editing. When an author reviews his or her work, he or she knows what was meant, knows what words were intended. The brain tends to see what was intended and not the actual words on the page.
There are many, many very professional and competent editors working for established publishing houses and on their own. However, some of the editing services can be quite expensive. If you can afford this level of editing, great. We created Edit Your Book for the other end of the financial scale, for authors who do not have the money for that degree of service. Edit Your Book does not have a team of editors who can sit and crosscheck each other. We have one content editor and two proofreaders. On the plus side, though, we are quite affordable.
We welcome your queries. Let us help you get your manuscript ready for publication.