What does your manuscript need?
Don’t be confused if you’re not sure what to call the type of editing you want. Different editors, publishers, reference books, and schools use different terms for them. Here’s a breakdown:
Copyediting and proofreading
Copyediting and proofreading correct mechanics while preserving the meaning and voice of the original text. These are a package deal from My Two Cents Editing; every manuscript gets two passes: the first pass by a senior editor, the second pass by an eagle-eyed proofreader.
- Corrects mechanics
- Word usage
- Checks for or imposes a consistent style (we default to the Chicago Manual of Style)
- Treatment of numbers and numerals
- Treatment of quotations
- Use of abbreviations and acronyms
- Use of italics and bold type
Line editing or substantive editing
Line editing, also called substantive editing, addresses issues of clarity, accuracy, and sense.
- Reorganizes structure at the paragraph, section, or chapter level to improve clarity
- Improves readability and flow by writing, rewriting, or deleting material
Developmental editing is a collaboration between author and editor to develop a manuscript from an initial concept, outline, or draft (or some combination of the three) through any number of subsequent drafts.
The editor may:
- Make suggestions about content, organization, and presentation based on analysis of competing works, comments of expert reviewers, and the client’s market analysis
- Research, rewrite, and write
Content editing, story editing, or manuscript critique
If you have concerns about your book’s bigger picture, a manuscript critique is a great way to identify areas and avenues for improvement. Check out my manuscript critique page for more information.