For authors, editing is not a one-time thing that is finished after a single edit. There are actually several steps involved, and each step is important. Think of it like building a house: the foundation and the walls come first, and they have to be sturdy; the furniture, details, and decoration come in after that to give the house character and completion; and finally, the house needs to be cleaned and touched up to allow its features to shine.
Your developmental editor and beta readers will take care of the foundation. They ensure the story as a whole actually works – that there are no plot holes, inconsistencies, poor character choices, problems with story arcs, and so on. They exist to be sure your story is spot on before your wording is even touched.
Your copy-editor will then look after the wording. Their goal is to be sure what you are saying is being said as best as it can be, without changing your style or voice. They look for technical errors too: grammar, punctuation, spelling, facts, etc. They look out for inconsistencies in style and word choice. They shorten lengthy sentences and join short ones together. They help your words reach their best potential. Sometimes after a first copy-edit, if more changes are made and the author wants to be thorough, a second copy-edit might be done. This can be a wise choice.
Your final proofreader will then come in to polish the manuscript so that all remaining errors are removed. In the editing process, many mistakes are removed, but some are missed and some more are added. A proofreader at the end is the best way to be sure your manuscript is clean and ready to show its content in the best possible state.
At this stage, I do not offer developmental editing or beta reading services, as my experience hasn’t taken me down that path yet. However, I can assist with the following two editing stages: copy-editing and proofreading. If you have been through the developmental stage and know you will be ready soon for one of these two services, then you are in the right place.
Please keep this in mind: It is best that an editor does not work on the same manuscript more than once.
Exceptions can be made. Sometimes both a copy-edit and a proofread can be arranged, with some time in between. But generally speaking, it is less effective because the editor may become too familiar with the work. Familiarity leads to the likelihood of missing errors, growing complacent, and losing focus. This is often why authors cannot identify their own errors. Being too close to the work makes editing less effective. I am always happy to point clients in the direction of other trustworthy editors, or pass details on to editors at your request.
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