Now that you are done with the ‘writing’ part which includes ‘re-writes,’ the next step is EDITING – The Red Color Pen should sign across your novel to make it better. If you plan to publish your novel traditionally, the publishers will invest for the editing or they will have an in-house team of editors. Even if you self-publish via a publisher, you have the option to pay for the editing services. If you individually self-publish, the best is to invest on a freelance editor to get your work polished.
One predominant thing – EDITING is mandatory, regardless of how well-versed you are in English. Even if you are confident enough, proof reading is recommended.
Editing: Editing is typically revising the work, re-writing parts, re-organize to adhere timelines, change the scene positions.
Line-editing: Checks the content, persistence in style, and command in language – only at the sentence level or call it a paragraph level.
Flow in the paragraphs
Tighten the dialogues
Check the tone of the sentence
Follow the narrative style
Copy-editing: It is more about formatting and checking grammar, spellings and sweep through the script to hold the typographical errors, minor issues and errors in the script.
Content-editing or Developmental Edit: Character or behavior of your protagonist and others should be consistent. A content editor will tap here to fish if it’s ideal for your character to speak or do something given the description followed. The dialogues and plot are to be plausible and nothing will be missed as such with a content editor.
Ensure goal is achieved
Substantive-editing: An editor who does substantive editing turns almost a shadow of the writer, they almost re-write your story to make it look perfect. For those who are good story-tellers but find it difficult to put the same on black and white, can go for substantive editing.
Re-ordering the scenes to fit
Check if the goal, the conflict, and reason behind writing it is fulfilled
Play the reader’s brain role to influence the writer accordingly
Proof-reading: That one final look before you send it to print, is called proof reading. So just spacing checks and punctuation.
Editors help you fine-tune and present the novel that you ever dreamt of, hire the right person.
The next post will highlight few editors’ profiles that were verified. If in case you are looking for an editor – stay tuned.