What Kind of Editor Do You Need?
Content/Developmental Editing: Imagine someone going over your manuscript in minute detail to find any style issues, ensuring the characters display consistent behavior and speech, and finding any problems with pacing, structure, theme, and overall readability. This is content editing, also referred to as developmental editing. This is where to start with your edit.
Line Editing: This is just like it sounds. Every line is checked for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and consistency to make sure your product is the best quality possible. Helping the author with rewording or rewriting parts of the story that need revision is also part of this process.
Copy Editing: Think of it as expanded proofreading. Not only are corrections made when necessary, but the overall manuscript is checked for clarity, continuity, and flow from a more technical standpoint. Also, it’s important to find any content that may prove to be a legal liability. Copy editing is linked with line editing.
Guidelines and Tips
Making sense of editing terms, word counts, and pages will help you decide what you need and what you can afford. Our prices are extremely reasonable. If you are curious, you can find general editing rates at the Editorial Freelancers Association.
So how big is a page?
Industry standard for one manuscript page is 250 words. Four pages is 1000 words. An average novel ranges around 75,000 to 100,000 words or 300 to 400 pages.
What format works best?
Word documents, Libre or Open Office documents, Google Docs, and Rich Text format are all fine.