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Book Editing – Fiction and Nonfiction

You want to share your ideas and gain recognition as a thought leader in your field or industry. Or you’re serious about getting your novel or memoir into print. In any case, you know you need help,  but you’re not sure what kind of book editing you need or where to find support.

You start by asking your mother, spouse, or best friend to read your manuscript. When that gets you nowhere, you pony up some cash and choose a bargain editor from Craigslist or Indeed.com. When you realize you get what you pay for, you hire a big talker who claims to be a “world-class editor of countless New York Times bestsellers!”

Or you can make a smart, strategic investment in your manuscript and work with me. 

Book Editing

Your book editor should be able to do the following:

  • Honor your voice and the structure and progression of the story you want to tell.
  • Tighten up chapters, paragraphs, and transitions, as well as elevate the writing style.
  • Fix typos, spelling errors, grammar and punctuation issues, redundancies, and inconsistencies. 

 

Developmental Editing

Your developmental editor should be able to do the following:

  • Guide you through a big picture structural revision of your manuscript. For example:
    • Is the pacing too fast or too slow?
    • Should you cut a paragraphs, scenes, sections, or entire chapters?
    • Do you need to restructure the flow of information?
    • What’s working, what’s not, and what do you need to do next?
  • Identify and revise serious issues in fiction (narrative structure, plot, characterization, dialogue, style, themes, and tone) or nonfiction (structure, consistency, voice, credibility, and flow of ideas).
  • Offer insights into your strengths and weaknesses, along with specific, actionable feedback.
 
If you need more than a developmental edit, you might want to explore ghostwriting options.

 

Finding the Right Book Editor

I’ve edited manuscripts for publishing houses, authors of nonfiction (business, education, politics, law, history, and memoir), and authors of fiction [literary fiction. upmarket fiction, speculative fiction (fantasy and science fiction), romance, detective fiction, and young adult fiction].

I may be the right editor for you. Let’s find out. Consider doing the following:

  1. Identify 2-3 editors who seem like the real deal and hire them  to edit a few pages of your manuscript (or an entire chapter). Or hire 2-3 editors to complete one hour’s worth of editing work.
  2. Make sure those editors know your manuscript goals, the work you’ve done on the manuscript to date, the areas where you’ve struggled, and the level of edit you’re seeking.
  3. Review the edited pages. Which set of edits best aligns with your needs and expectations? Which editor can help you get where you want to go?
  4. Choose the editor that’s right for you – the one who helps you tell the best story possible.