Want a great product? Get a good editor.

 E = Editor

The letter E for today’s A-Z Challenge and what I’ve learned over the past year from an amazing Web of Writing Bloggers about Editors.

English: Pen icon in red

Well, here’s what y’all taught me about editors over the past year.

  • Editor is not a critique partner.
  • Don’t use family or friends as Editor, unless they are pros.
  • A good editor is worth every penny. 
  • Editors charge different fees. Ask.
  • There is more than one type of editor.
  • Use an editor that is familiar with your genre.
  • Self-editing is important but does not do the job of a professional editor.
  • Size doesn’t matter. Small books, children’s books as well as novels need an editor.

Types of Editors

  1. Content Editor. Sometimes also known as Developmental Editor. This editor looks at the content, the consistent character’s behavior/speech, style issues, theme and they check your readability. They will leave no stone unturned. Looking at arc and story structure. Even rewriting, rearranging text and even adding to the story where needed.
  2. Copy Editor. Checks for accuracy, libel issues, clarity, and flow. They do little rewrites unless they also cross over into a Line Editor.
  3. Line Editor. Deals mainly with grammar, sentence structure. Line by line they polish your manuscript until it shines. Checking for grammar, punctuation, spelling, consistency and correct word usage.
  4. Line/Copy Editor. Some editors wear both of these hats. Ask.

Your editor is not there to be mean nor are they there to be your best friend. Editors are professionals doing a job to assist the author in putting out a professional, polished product.

Where can you find the right editor?

I found my editor through connections on LinkedIn. Asking around and reaching out to find the right editor is so important. Ask everyone! Friends, writers, Facebook groups, LinkedIn connections. Check with your local library and writers group. You never know where you might find the right editor for your book. 

Have you worked with an editor?

What was your experience?

Talk to me, the lights on and comments are now open.

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Want to read more about Editors and their role, check out the links below.

Finally, an answer! Here’s the difference between line, copy, and content editing By Pavarti K. Tyler

10 thoughts on “Want a great product? Get a good editor.

  1. This is a very enlightening article, thank you for sharing this information with us. If you don’t mind me asking, could you take a look at my site and give some feedback on my writing? I would really appreciate the help me. Thanks a lot!

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