A few weeks ago, I chronicled my adventures in editing my upcoming book Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon. Up to that point, I had undergone 3 types of editing with my publisher, Clean Reads. This week I underwent one more. So I’ve decided to update my understanding of the different types of edits. This time, I’ve got research under my belt.
**Going by my experiences, this is pretty much the same as what I thought . However, the definition I found of the term “pre-edits” has something to do with preparing a manuscript before machine translation. Since my book is not currently being translated I don’t think this definition applies to my manuscript–unless I’m missing something . . . which is possible . . .**
This process is something I went through with both of my traditionally published books. Basically, it’s conforming the manuscript to the publisher’s specific formatting requirements–such as having only one space after a period, or all numbers should be written out, or the removal of certain words the publisher doesn’t like. Doing all this first saves time later.
It’s a bit of a tedious process, and I found out I use the word “that” more than I should. But it also tightens up the manuscript. All told, not to bad. But it took a longer time than I thought it would.
***Also called “developmental,” “structural,” or “substantive” editing. Again, this is pretty much what I thought it was.***
This is where the editor goes through and suggests changes to your manuscript. With my first book, Lucas, Guardian of Truth, my editor suggested removing a large chunk of my story and revise some of the character interactions. I did so, and it made the story so much better. This time around the content editing was minimal.
This is the process that can be a little hard for a writer to bear. Your editor will take a good look at your story and be brutally honest about what needs to be changed. However, all the editors I’ve ever worked with are so supportive that even when major changes were suggested, I felt comfortable accepting their criticisms. And it helps to remember that they want your story to work as much as you do. In the end, though, the decision was mine to make.
**Again, pretty much the same as what I thought. A line editor goes through, catches grammar mistakes, etc. However, I was mistaken when I assumed this is the proofing process.**
Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon is the first time I’ve worked with a line editor, and all I have to say is, “Where have you been all my life?” From my understanding, the line editor is the typo catcher. Mine caught grammar mistakes, awkward sentences, missing words, and things like that. It was a pleasure to work with her.
This is the process I underwent this week. During this process my editor found typos and missing words, etc. In my current experience, the proof editor overlapped with the line editor. Both of them found typos and such. But even with all the editing this manuscript has undergone thus far, the proof editor still found typos and missing words. I’m soo glad she came to my rescue!
And there you have it. My continuing journey in editing. I’m so excited to work with this team–everyone seems to love the book as much as I do! Thank you, Clean Reads! Thank you!
For a clearer, better understanding on the types of edits, please see these sites. They are the ones I referenced for this post:
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