6 SECRETS OF THE BOOK EDITING PROCESS
1. I USUALLY WORK ON A CLIENT’S MANUSCRIPT ABOUT 2-6 HOURS PER DAY.
My optimal workflow aligns with my natural energy levels. Mornings are when I'm at my sharpest, making it the perfect time for more analytical tasks like copyediting. After lunch, my creativity flourishes, which is ideal for activities such as manuscript evaluations, alpha reading, or beta reading. During this time, I focus on assessing the overall story structure and brainstorming ways to enhance the narrative.
2. THE TIMELINE OF EDITING A MANUSCRIPT CAN VARY DRASTICALLY.
3. I ALWAYS EDIT BOOKS IN A SPECIFIC ORDER.
While some authors might consider bypassing certain editing stages, I wholeheartedly advise against forgoing the final copyedit. Skipping this step, despite your manuscript's overall quality in terms of style, consistency, or content, can result in lingering, minor grammatical or punctuation errors that attentive readers may notice and potentially lead to unfavorable reviews.
My approach to editing follows a specific order: line editing, copyediting, proofreading, and concludes with a comprehensive manuscript evaluation.
4. AUTHORS CAN SAVE MONEY IN THE EDITING PROCESS—AS LONG AS THEY’RE WILLING TO DO SOME WORK OF THEIR OWN.
5. EDITORS CAN’T ALWAYS CATCH EVERY ERROR.
I take immense pride in my work, always striving for excellence, and my results consistently surpass industry standards. In a recent project, I successfully detected 99.996% of the manuscript's errors, leaving fewer than 20 to elude my scrutiny out of an initial 6,000 errors. This high level of quality is the hallmark of my editing service. Nevertheless, I'm fully aware that even after meticulous rounds of editing, tiny imperfections can linger. That's why I make a personal commitment to work on the manuscript until you, the client, are entirely satisfied, ensuring that no further changes are necessary.
Remaining errors often slip through when an editor diligently catches multiple errors in one paragraph but misses one. Authors can significantly reduce the number of errors in their books by conducting self-edits on their manuscripts before they reach my desk. Moreover, giving the manuscript a final review after the editing process and before publishing is a valuable practice. This initial clean slate minimizes the number of errors from the outset, resulting in a document that is notably cleaner following the editing process.
I understand the significance of delivering error-free work, especially in self-published books. This is why I recommend multiple rounds of copyediting, preferably by different editors, to ensure a comprehensive and empathetic review that guarantees your manuscript reaches its full potential.
6. SOMETIMES, I DO MORE THAN EDIT.
I trust that I've illuminated some lesser-known aspects of the editing process. I'm committed to transparency and am genuinely passionate about my craft. If you have any more questions or seek further insights, please feel free to reach out to me.