Different types of Editors
In the order you need them…
Also called Structural or Substantive Editing –
Edits the content and structure. This is the “big picture” of your story. This editor will fill in the plot gaps, holes, and sags. A DE will also address weak character arcs and setting improvements or inconsistencies.
Your characters and plot desperately need this assessment to get the reader sucked into your book.
This feedback will usually come in a letter format with some guidance in track changes.
After completing this round of necessary edits, you move onto a Line Editor.
Don’t try to skip this step and load it onto the Line Editor. The developmental edit is the most crucial. For more information and prices for a Developmental Editor check the Flash Edits services I offer.
Also called Stylistic Editing –
Edits the style on a sentence and paragraph level. This editor will not be shy about cutting stuff out. That’s right- listen to that annoying song from Frozen and LET THAT SHIT GO.
This editor will polish, trim, and tighten your inconsistencies, repetitive words, and look closely at how a writer’s word choice or syntax contribute to the tone or emotion of the piece.
This feedback is usually given to you with all the colorful lines in Track Changes. Want to know more about what this editor does and prices? Check my relative Service.
A copy editor is more concerned with the mechanics: Focuses on grammar, spelling, and punctuation before going into the final proofreading stage.
Wondering what the difference is between Line and Copy Editing? A big one. While you might get lucky and find an editor that can combine the two, don’t skip these steps. Line Edits will make your writing stronger, sentences and word choices smarter, and add to the feeling of the story.
Copy Editors will take a fine-tooth comb and add the commas and grammatical corrections that will be the difference between a professional writer and a novice writer with minimal sales.
You would be surprised how many grammar mistakes there are to fix, don’t try to pull a fast one on your readers. Get those sentences tight!
An almost polished gem goes to the final editor for typographical errors.
They will look for minor formatting errors and confirm the story is ready for the next round. Next, you move on to….
ha, just kidding. Have a drink and watch your book get published!!!!!
ALL OF THESE STAGES ARE NECESSARY. YOU MUST GET PROFESSIONAL EYES TO LOOK AT YOUR WORK. Here’s why.
PRICES FOR EDITORS
While it might seem daunting to have to shell out money for 4 different stages of editing.
Consider these things first
1. Do it or die. Just kidding, it’s the over-dramatic writer in me. But seriously, your book and book sales will suffer if you don’t create the best product you possibly can. Skimp now, pay later.
2. Most editors can specialize in duo services, where they combine Developmental and Line, Copy and Proofreading, etc.
3. The cost typically decreases as you progress through the stages—your highest being Developmental, then Line, and so on.
4. Chat with your Editor To-Be. See if yall jive. It’s imperative to connect with someone capable but also truly cares and is motivated to get you to your end goal.
A.R. Garrett is writing her debut historical fiction series, Atalanta & The Amazons. As a writer of the ancient world, she excavates facts & dissects mythology to spotlight the most prolific warrior women lost in the shadows of our history books—adding a touch of fantasy for the daydreamer in all of us.
A.R. Garrett has a degree in Business and English with a concentration in fiction writing from SNHU, and is currently working on a double masters in Creative Writing and Ancient History. She’s been a freelance fiction editor since 2018 and created a platform to help other women writers on FB: www.facebook.com/groups/supportingwomenwriters
When she’s not wrangling her two boys in the mountains of Colorado and trying endlessly to understand the mystical world of algorithms, she loves handwritten letters sealed with a wax stamp, and appreciates a dang-good brownie.
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