So your manuscript is complete after laboriously working on it for days and months, perhaps even years. What next? If you look to publish it at once, you're in for a disappointment. Any good book, before getting published, has to undergo a lot of editing and proofreading by a skilled editor. In fact, as a writer, the first impression you make with your audience depends on how well your book reads.
In the conventional publishing procedure, once you submit your manuscript, the editorial team works on professionally editing and proofreading your manuscript until it is ready for publication. The editors would work on scrutinizing several aspects like the grammar, sentence restructuring, format, and much more.
The publishing world has lately been subjected to a rise in the self-publication trend due to the high cost of conventional publishing. Self-publication is not as expensive or difficult as it was in the past. Therefore, in the case you choose to self-publish your book, given that the publication house editorial team would be missing in the picture, your next feasible option would be freelance book editors and proofreaders.
The different stages of editing
Before your book gets published, there might be a lot of juggling around of your manuscript between you and the editors. A good editor will establish an open communication channel with you and keep you updated with the editing progress of your book. The editing process may undergo different stages, depending on your editing preference.
You would be working with a professional editor right from the initial stages. The content editor or story editor would work closely in giving you feedback about the main content, the characters, and more so as to effectively improve your story.
As the name indicates, a line editor ensures that every sentence is crisp and clear. A line editor helps make every sentence in your story count and stringently monitors the language and tone of the sentences.
This is a crucial stage because this is where the editor actually hunts for all types of major errors. The editor analyzes the whole manuscript to rule out any factual blunders, story line mismatch, character related errors, and any other error in the whole content. The grammatical strength of the manuscript is also corrected here.
A proofreader probes your manuscript as a final editing round to make sure nothing was missed out, more strictly for grammatical or typographical errors.
What to expect from your editor:
Your editor would be your first reader. Thus, they would be the first to critique your writing. Criticisms are hard to accept, but they are essential to ensure that your book is ready for reception by your targeted readers.
Just because your editor may criticize your manuscript, they are not your enemy. Remember that they are only trying to make your book as perfect as can be. Thus, understanding and working well with your editor is key to producing the best quality of your writing.
An editor can only work with what you have already created. They are not going to write or include anything new in your written work.
Self-editing is imperative, but a new set of eyes can spot errors you may have easily overlooked. Therefore, it is very important to seek the help of a professional editor and proofreader as they do so by profession. Reach out to editors and find one you would feel comfortable working with. The rest will be writing history.
What are you waiting for? Take the initiative and begin your journey into the self-publishing world here!