Many new authors think that once they’ve finished the first draft of their manuscript, an editor will ‘fix’ everything for them and that their book will be immediately ready for publication. This is a common misunderstanding of an editor’s role in book publishing. Editing and proofreading are vital to ensuring the overall success of any published book.
As a writer you want your writing to be completely accessible to your readers; you want your thoughts and ideas to be conveyed without ambiguity. However, you’ve been closely wrapped up in your work for so long that it can be hard to see it now with an objective eye. This is where a professional editor can help you.
At Brisbane Self Publishing Service we offer three types of editing services to writers:
- structural (or developmental) editing
- copy (or line) editing
During the structural editing process we provide constructive feedback about the overall direction of your manuscript. We suggest changes that will make your book tighter and more cohesive. Typically this includes such recommendations as:
- re-writing certain sections and/or changing the order of your ideas (or whole chapters of your book)
- elaborating on an idea, trimming something down, or even deleting whole sections of your manuscript that are redundant
- pointing out inconsistencies in point-of-view, verb tense or continuity, and making suggestions about how best to fix them
- providing feedback on plot, character development, dialogue, pacing, tone, language level and more.
In addition, we review your manuscript from a legal perspective to guard against any potential defamation issues or copyright infringements.
Copy editing requires an eagle eye for detail. It involves reading every line of your manuscript, word by word to correct grammatical, typographical, spelling, and punctuation errors. In order to improve your writing we will suggest changes to avoid repetition, fix clumsy word choice, and enhance clarity. We also examine word usage and sentence structure to make sure your intended message is expressed clearly and concisely. During the copy editing process, we undertake fact-checking to confirm that all names, dates, and numerical data are accurate and to ensure your manuscript does not contain any embarrassing omissions or mistakes.
As an additional service if requested, we can prepare an editorial style sheet for you, noting such details as preferred spellings, how numbers are shown, and how abbreviations and initials are written, so they appear consistently throughout your book.
In general, we follow Australian standards for grammar and spelling (using the Macquarie Dictionary).
The aim of the proofreading process is similar to that of copy editing. During the proofreading stage, we will check for consistency in word usage and presentation, and accuracy in text, images and layout. The proofreading stage is the final quality check and ‘tidy up’ after your Word document has been typeset using Adobe InDesign. It is the final opportunity for you to make any last-minute revisions to your writing because, once the typesetting stage has been completed, your book is ready for printing (and/or conversion to ebook) and it is expensive for you to make any changes or fix any errors at this point in the publishing process.
At Brisbane Self Publishing Service, our professional editing and proofreading service ensures that your manuscript is articulate and error-free so your written message shines. Check out our range of book editing packages available to help you to prepare your manuscript for publication.
If you’d like to find out more about the steps involved in editing your book manuscript prior to publication, please contact us.