How long does editing take?

How long does professional editing take?

When you’re eager to see your book in print, it’s tempting to look for an editor who can promise your manuscript back in just weeks or even days. Buyer beware: Do the math. If an editor promises to turn your manuscript around in little more than the time it takes to read your book, you should wonder Read more about How long does professional editing take?[…]

find editor

The author’s guide to finding and hiring an editor

The first thing you’ll discover when you’re ready to hire an editor is just how many people offer editorial services. There are editors for your story and editors to catch your typos. There are editors who contract with publishing companies and editors who moonlight. What sort of editor do you need? How can you find Read more about The author’s guide to finding and hiring an editor[…]

How should you acknowledge your editor in your book?

Editors have a reputation for wanting to keep their work behind the scenes. Even the freedom of self-publishing authors to generously acknowledge and credit their editors’ contributions hasn’t done much to change that. Why are editors so darn sensitive about being credited in print? You might think an acknowledgment or credit line would be universally Read more about How should you acknowledge your editor in your book?[…]

Accepting feedback

How to handle editing and feedback on your novel

No author wants spend time changing a bunch of commas in their manuscript—except when the editor recommends deep changes, at which point changing commas is often all you feel capable of doing. Every writer feels the sting of opening a document file filled with red ink. But when the entire editing process becomes a battle Read more about How to handle editing and feedback on your novel[…]

content vs. copy editing

Developmental editing or copyediting: Which do you need?

If you could only afford one round of editing, should you choose developmental editing or copyediting? Developmental (story) editing ensures that your story is strong and vital. Copyediting crosses all the t’s and dots all the i’s. A purchase-worthy book needs both—but whether you’re hoping to be picked up by a publishing house or planning Read more about Developmental editing or copyediting: Which do you need?[…]

The Author's Survival Guide to Track Changes

The author’s survival guide to Track Changes

Track Changes—a fate worth than death? Though revising an edit full of tracked changes and comments can seem utterly intimidating the first time, a few simple guidelines will keep you safe and sound. Truth be told, thanks to this guide, I haven’t lost an author to Track Changes yet. You too can emerge unscathed—and with Read more about The author’s survival guide to Track Changes[…]

the right editor

How to introduce your book to a prospective editor

Finding the right editor means opening a conversation that you hope will turn into a long, creative relationship with a like-minded lover of books. You’ll be asking prospective editors questions that tell you if they have the professional background and approach you want for your book—and they’ll be looking for something similar from you. Who are Read more about How to introduce your book to a prospective editor[…]

How much does editing cost?

10 ways to save money on editing

As an emerging author, you may be frustrated to discover that you shouldn’t be following the lead of experienced authors when it comes to your editing budget and saving money on editing. The editing needs of seasoned authors are different from yours. Writers at earlier stages of their careers need strong developmental guidance. You need Read more about 10 ways to save money on editing[…]

Editing schedule

How far ahead should you schedule your edit?

One of the top reasons authors give for self-publishing is the speed with which they can bring their books to publication. Gone are the endless publishing house production cycles that can keep books in limbo for years on end. Control is back in your hands. That’s the good news. The bad news is virtually the Read more about How far ahead should you schedule your edit?[…]

Is sending your full manuscript to editors a risk?

You’re ready to send your manuscript off to prospective editors for a quote. The thing is, some of them are asking you to send the entire manuscript. All you want is a sample edit. Why would an editor ask to see your whole manuscript? You don’t know this person. Could they be planning to steal Read more about Is sending your full manuscript to editors a risk?[…]