An excellent piece summarising the role of an editor perfectly. Often writers confuse the role of an editor and a proofreader, as well as the different stages of editing, expecting a full developmental or substantive edit for copy editing fees. I suspect this happens increasingly as the popularity of self publishing increases. I’ve been lucky to work with some good editors as a self published author who have set clear parameters. My experiences with editors within the hybrid and trad models have also been good too, but only because I respect their contribution and ensure I communicate with them in a way that works for both of us- not just me!
I have worked with many clients over the years who weren’t clear on this subject, and it led to frustration for everyone involved. As such I decided to write this out as a way to explain what it is we do for you.
Let’s start by discussing the three different types of editing. When you contract an editor you will talk with them about which type or types of editing you are asking them to perform. While the different types of editing are often interchanged and the definitions argued, I will give you the ones I use, and you can go from there. Also, be aware that I am approaching this from a fiction editor’s standpoint. I have not worked on nonfiction much, so I will only be giving a passing commentary on what it might mean for that type of work.
This will make sense in a minute.
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