The Stages of Editing

red pen 2Today over at Books & Such, I’ve got an overview of the standard editorial process that many publishers use. Here’s a snippet:
When you’re thinking about getting your first book contract, you might be curious about what the editing process will be like. Every publisher has their own process, and they may call each step by a different name. It’s basically three steps, and they’re usually done sequentially, although there is overlap and not every publisher does all three of these steps. The edits might be done by one person, or two or three.
Here’s a general framework.
1. The Macro Edit (developmental, substantive, or content edit; often simply called revisions.) This is where the editor gives big-picture notes on plot, characterization, scene crafting, POV’s, and all the other elements of your story. In non-fiction, they comment on clarity of ideas, flow, maintaining reader interest, and other big-picture concerns. They don’t actually edit your work, they simply give you a set of notes and send you back to work on your revisions.
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  • friv 3

    The editing so everything in the book can really improve and we can fully trust in the ability of these factors as well as refined.

  • Adam E

    Hi, I have written a children’s story book, what is the best way to go about finding an agent and getting it published?

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