The Editing Process
Getting your manuscript professionally edited is a must nowadays, especially if you plan to self-publish. And for traditional publishing, agents and publishing houses will be more willing to work with you if you present them with a professionally edited manuscript. Even landing a deal with an agent or publishing house won’t make you exempt from having to pay for editorial services. This page is just to give you an idea of what you have to look forward to on your manuscript’s journey from first draft to publication.
This is where you read through your manuscript several times to be sure that:
- It meets the needs of the reader
- There is consistency in the plot (without holes)
- Your story’s world and the characters in it are strong, well developed, and compelling
- Your sentences are clean and easy to read
- There are no blatant mistakes in grammar, spelling, or punctuation
TIP: After you finish writing your first draft, I suggest you put it in a drawer (literal or figurative) and forget about it for a while. Take a vacation, read some books, or write a different story. When some weeks have passed, or when this story is out of your mind, come back to it for the self-edit.
YOUR JOB NEXT: Hand it off to other pairs of trusted eyes.