Not every type of editing is the same, and you have to choose which one is the best for your manuscript. In order to make a good choice, you need to get familiar with the different options for your editing project. There are three most common types of editing:
This is the simplest form of editing and is also usually the cheapest. Proofreading is for writers who don’t need help with sentence structure or the content of the book itself, but need someone to simply go over the text for basic grammatical and spelling errors.
The purpose of proofreading is to have someone who has never read your manuscript go over each word for errors that might have escaped your attention, which will surely happen at least a few times in a full-length manuscript.
- Line Editing
The second type of editing offered by most editors is line editing, which is a little more detailed than proofreading. If your manuscript has plot holes, limited characterization, factual errors or syntactical problems, line editing is probably more your style. It costs more than proofreading, but a manuscript with structural errors won’t get past a literary agent or publisher.
The purpose of line editing is to tie together loose ends in your manuscript and to make sure that the story flows properly. For non-fiction, line editing will catch factual errors and will also help to separate chapters and paragraphs so that they make more sense.
- Substantive Editing
The final service most editors offer is substantive editing, which is even more detailed than line editing. It involves the rearranging, deleting, adding and rewording of entire pages and chapters. Some editors call substantive editing a “Ghostwriting/Editing Blend”.
At the end, it all comes down to how confident you are and how much experience you have with the type of document and subject you have written. Choose carefully. A good choice could help take your work to the next level.
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