What Every Author Needs to Know About Book Editing

You’ve finished your book. You’ve read through it 12 times. It’s clean. It’s good to go. It’s Ready.

No, it’s not. Editing your book before publication prepares you for the next stage of promotion and publicity.

You’d be surprised at how many authors I’ve seen make the mistake of having their book published without having it professionally edited. And I mean a professional editor, not a friend or family member; someone who edits books for a living.

Here are some things every author should know about book editing:

–You always need an editor. Always.

–There are different types of editing, such as:

* Developmental editing: This is the first book editing stage in which a developmental editor looks at your book holistically. A manuscript is dissected, and the editor makes recommendations on concept, presentation, content, and organization.

*Copy or Line Editing: A copy editor goes through a book line by line, looking for spelling mistakes capitalization errors, spelling glitches, grammatical issues and word usage problems.

* Proofreading: A proofreader essentially does a last-look at the book, making sure the final product is good to go.

–Price ranges vary with editors; some charging by the word, pages or a flat fee. Regardless, money spent on a good editor is an absolutely great investment.

–Errors in a book can kill your author marketing efforts.. A book riddled with errors will almost certainly get brutalized by reviewers. We have even see typos in titles of books!

–Even books by major publishers sometimes have errors, although this is remarkable because it doesn’t happen often. Click here for some amazing examples.

–Leave your ego at the door. There’s a reason all household authors have their books edited – everyone makes mistakes, and every manuscript can be improved in some way. Don’t take corrections and suggestions personally, welcome them!

So, do your homework, research good editors, and then … hire one! Don’t ruin your author promotion endeavors!

Some editing words of wisdom from some authors:

“Making love to me is amazing. Wait, I meant: making love, to me, is amazing. The absence of two little commas nearly transformed me into a sex god.
Dark Jar Tin Zoo,

“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”
Shannon Hale

“While writing is like a joyful release, editing is a prison where the bars are my former intentions and the abusive warden my own neuroticism.”
Tiffany Madison

“If I can only write my memoir once, how do I edit it?”
― S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

“Write drunk, edit sober.”
Ernest Hemingway