While many published books do include an acknowledgement to the writer’s editor after the title page, I’ve often thought while that is nice, the acknowledgement simply does not do justice to an editor’s hard work. An editor brings an active intelligent voice to your manuscript, making sure your writing skills shine. More than any other person involved with the author, so the professional relationship with an editor has the can be very intense and personal.
Having communicated extensively with the author, editors will normally correct a manuscript based on the writer’s goals. They will then look at the shape or condition of the writing itself. Generally editing will include proofreading, correcting errors in syntax, including with notes or observations on character development, plot structure and clarity. An editor will also look for clichéd phrases, over-used words and the overall organization of the story. Editors can also check the facts and often will look at the ethical or legal issues surrounding the work to ensure the author’s accuracy (and dignity), if those services are included in the project contract.
What are the Characteristics of a Professional Editor?
- A degree in English or journalism, experience in traditional or eBook publishing or as published writer.
- Keep up to date with industry trends.
- Treat each manuscript with care.
- Loves words.
- Exceptional diplomatic skills.
During the initial consultation with an editor, make sure that your manuscript needs and comfort level are communicated. Always ask for testimonials and examples of previous work before contracting with an editor (ahem, here).
It goes without saying that if you are serious about your writing, and about getting your manuscript ready for publication, you must submit your manuscript to an editor for assistance.
When you are ready to invest in the services of a professional editor, contact us here at Detroit Ink Publishing! We are ready to work with you!