Editing should be an on-going, collaborative process with different stages that are intended to provide the author with professional feedback for his/her work. Many authors work with editors as part of a three-step process that begins before they have even begun writing:
Step one: Planning stage
Step two: While writing
Step three: Once the manuscript is completed.
Developmental editors offer specific suggestions about the core intentions and goals of a book, the underlying premise, the story, character development, use of dialogue and sensory description, the polish, narrative voice, pacing, style, language – the craft and literary art of the book.
LINE EDITING AND HEAVY COPYEDITING
- Line editing:
In “line editing,” creative content, writing style and language-use is addressed with a focus on how the writer uses language to communicate his/her story to the reader. Is the language clear, fluid, pleasurable to read? Does it convey a sense of atmosphere, emotion, tone? Do the words convey a precise meaning or is the author using broad generalizations and clichés? Attention is drawn to…
- Words or sentences that are extraneous or overused
- Run-on sentences
- Redundancies from repeating the same information in different ways
- Dialogue or paragraphs that can be tightened
- Action that is confusing or the author’s meaning is unclear due to poor transitions
- Tonal shifts and unnatural phrasing
- Passages that don’t read well due to bland language use
- Confusing narrative digressions
- Changes that can be made to improve the pacing of a passage
- Words or phrases that may clarify or enhance the meaning
- Heavy Copyediting
As a copyeditor, flaws will be addressed on a very technical level, to make sure the writing that appears on the page is in accordance with industry standards. As part of the copyediting process…
- Attention will be drawn to/edits will be made to words or sentences that are extraneous or overused
- Edits to spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax will be made
- Edits will be made for consistency in spelling, hyphenation, fonts and capitalization
- Ambiguous/factually incorrect statements (key for non-fiction) will be flagged
- Macro concerns will be tracked: Example: If page 41 reads, Rosemary wore her blond hair in a bun, and on page 67 the manuscript reads, Rosemary brushed her long black hair, this discrepancy will be pointed out/fixed.
I have edited four novels and hundreds of articles as well as white papers, OpEds, personal essays and other documents of varying lengths.
My most recent book edit, White Elephant by Julie Langsdorf , will be released to great fan fare at the end of the month by Ecco, Harper Collins’ most exclusive imprint.
In 2010 and 2012, I edited two novels by the same author. Her books were published by the MacMillion Publishing House.
In 2007, a book I edited debuted through Arcade Publishers, an independent publishing house.
I am currently editing a book and writing the pitch deck for a fifth novel. The author of that book has another four manuscripts waiting for my edits.
My background: For more than 25-years I have worked as a professional writer and editor — journalist, corporate writer, PR executive and social media strategist. In addition, I am Editor-at-Large for a new digital publication, The Covey, launched in 2018 by the former Editor-in-Chief of Meredith Corporation’s “More” magazine, Lesley Jane Seymour.
See, Creating a strong 21st century footprint for more information about all capabilities. Email Cari@CariShane.com for more information or to ask me a question about how my writing can help your company.