Why do I need a professional editor for my project?
- Five reasons why self-publishing authors need an editor
- Why all self-publishers need a good editor
- Five good reasons to hire an editor
How do I select the right editor for my project?
- Ten things a freelance editor might not tell you, but you should know
- Five ways to select the right freelance editor
- Five crucial questions to ask an editor before starting a project with them
What do editor’s charge?
What does a book edit include?
- Four types of editing exist: structural (assessing and shaping material to improve its organization and content), stylistic (clarifying meaning, improving flow, and smoothing language), copy editing (ensuring correctness, consistency, accuracy, and completeness), and proofreading (examining material after layout to correct errors in textual and visual elements).
- The author and editor should decide together what type(s) of editing the book requires.
What is the difference between an editor and a ghostwriter?
- Editors are passive observers, guiding the author with a hands-off approach, while ghostwriters are active, aggressively transforming the author’s thoughts into a commercial literary product.
- The ghostwriter catches the fish for you (writes your book); the developmental editor teaches you how to fish for yourself (helps you write your book).
How long does editing a book take?
- This depends on the length of the book and the amount of editing the book requires.
- This also depends on whether the author has a deadline or if the editor is working on other projects at the same time.
- Editing a book could take a few days to a couple of weeks, but the author and editor should always agree on a schedule before editing begins.
How should the manuscript be formatted before editing begins?
- Most editors prefer double-spaced manuscripts in 12-point standard font (Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, or Courier). Manuscripts formatted this way are easier to read and provide space for editorial notations.
- Guidelines for formatting a manuscript
What style manuals do you recommend?
- The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
- The Canadian Style
- The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide to Book Publishing and Corporate Communications
(Amy Einsohn, University of California Press, 2006)
What dictionaries do you recommend?
What resources do you recommend for writing in Canadian English?
- Editing Canadian English (Editors’ Association of Canada)
- Language Portal of Canada