Your manuscript is finished, has been read by someone who has given you independent advice or been thoroughly critiqued, and as a result, extensively re-drafted until you feel it is the best that it can be – now you are ready to submit or you are about to self publish.
An editor’s job is to make your manuscript even better, to polish your work, spot inconsistencies, and ensure your prose flows – having working on your manuscript for so long (did you spot that one?) it’s very hard to see your own mistakes. Grammatical mistakes can entirely change the meaning of a sentence, misplaced commas can make your book very hard work for the reader – an editor will help you with these.
There are three distinct types of editing: Structural, Copy Editing and Proof Reading
This is an excellent article explaining what a structural edit is – worth a read!
We also provide line editing and proof reading services. Please note that a proof read is the VERY last round of editing before your book goes to print/on submission. Please don’t be tempted to get a work-in-progress proof read or you may have to do it all again when you make changes.
What is copy editing?
The devil is in the detail. A copy editor’s role is to polish a script after it has been critiqued, edited and proof read. It is the copy editor’s job not only to ensure grammar and punctuation are correct, but that there are no inconsistencies in the text, that a character’s eyes are the same colour when they enter a room as when they leave.
Copy-editing is correction at a deeper level than proofreading, focuses on flow, on words that jar or are repeated. Copy editing is about detail.
What is proof reading?
The final check, a proof reader ensures that every i is dotted, every t crossed. Every writer knows that they are blind to their own mistakes, that they know what the word should say, so can read it fifty times and not spot a typo or stray apostrophe.
When you present your work to an agent or a publisher it is essential to make the best possible impression – they will not be impressed by bad spelling or grammar. You are looking to build a professional relationship with an editor and they need to know that you take your writing seriously if they are going to invest in you. If you were applying for a job would you send your CV peppered with typos? Make your work the best that it can be and employ an extra pair of eyes to get it right.
If you are considering self publishing, the editor’s role cannot be over emphasised. Getting your work edited is essential. A proof read is the very least that is required.
Inkwell offers the very highest standard of editing across a range of genres – our editors are some of the best in the business.
Every editing job is priced individually as the editor needs to assess your manuscript to understand what your individual requirements are. Editing costs relate to your word count so if your book is excessively long try and do as much as you can yourself before you approach an editor.
Contact us using the Contact form outlining the details of your project including word count and genre. We will ask you for a sample of your work so the appropriate editor can provide you with a quotation.