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The Book Editing Process

What Editing Is All About?

Once you write 'The End', your work starts. The next stop? Editing! During the editing part of the process, you (and your editors) have one goal: to make your manuscript the best it can be.

“But my book is great already!”

Here’s the secret: you’ve spent so long with your book that you know it inside and out. Your future readers, however, don’t. Editing ensures your words say what you intend them to say. To do that, you need a team of people who can act as an impartial sounding board, reviewing the text for areas that could be even more effective.

“But Editing is expensive!”

You're right, it is. But for a good reason. Your editors know the industry and language rules. It takes them time to read through your manuscript and provide feedback. If you want to compete with other books, your book has to be the best it can be. Every great book has an equally great editor behind it. There’s some good news, too. The cleaner your manuscript is before you hand it to your editor, the less it’ll cost you.

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Editing Process

Each stage of the editing process has a specific purpose, which goes back to your original goal: making your manuscript the best it can be.

⦁ Self-Editing

Before you dive in, give yourself a break so you can come back to your book with fresh eyes. Reacquaint yourself with your work to correct mistakes you didn't catch while writing. These can be as simple as fixing typos or as big as rewriting chapters. You'll want to slow down and read every word while doing this—maybe even read it aloud—so you can truly see and hear what's on the page, not what you meant to write. Think about how will your readers react to it? What emotions will they feel? Is that what you want in the end?

⦁ Your family or friends:

Writers will tell you not to ask family or friends to evaluate or proofread your book. That is so true. Do not do that. Most of the time, you will never get the right feedback: they will be too shy to tell you the truth, or they will say "it's great"—while that may be good for your ego, it's not for your manuscript.

⦁ The professionals:

⦁ Developmental Editors

Developmental editors usually look at a manuscript’s big-picture items. With non-fiction, those might be suggestions to improve clarity, structure, or the soundness of your book’s argument. For fiction, a developmental editor focuses on characterization, dialogue, and plot development.

⦁ Copy Editors

When you think of copyediting, think of grammar. A copy editor gets into how you’re saying, what you’re saying. During a copyedit, your editor will correct your spelling, grammar, and punctuation. He or she will even point out inconsistencies and errors in language use.

⦁ Proofreaders

A proofread happens after all the editing is done and you've moved into the layout. By this point, you and your editor have caught as many typos or mistakes as possible already. After your editing is done, is not the time to make a lot of changes—so the proofread is time to catch lingering mistakes that have cropped up before your book is finalized. This job is best for someone who specializes in looking at the finest details and has never read your book before.

How DiGi Publishers Helps?

Every book is important to us. We care about the writer, but also about the reader. We publish good books for readers to enjoy and get value for the money they paid. If a book is good, the writer, publisher and the reader benefit.

We receive so many books that are just not up to standard to publish. If we suggest editing in our quotation, that is done with good reason.


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