One of the most important stages of preparing your book for publishing is the editing process. Editing draws out the best in your writing and really allows you to showcase your talent as an author. However, there are different types of editing that vary massively from each other and which most people are completely oblivious to. Knowing these differences from the beginning of the writing process will help you save time and edit your book to its greatest potential!
Developmental editing and copy-editing work in very different ways to bring out the best in your manuscript. They have different purposes, different methods and even happen across different stages of the writing and drafting process. It can be hard to keep track of which happens where (and why).
You may currently be in a position where you’ve written your manuscript, maybe even redrafted once or twice, but aren’t entirely sure which of the different types of editing you need—or even what to do next!
Choosing What’s Right for You
We know self-publishing can be an expensive journey (check out our blog which breaks down these costs for you here). It can be hard to know which services will be helpful before you commit. Therefore, knowing the different types of editing, and what they are useful for, is one of the first steps to successfully navigate your publishing journey.
Here at Rowanvale, our ethos is about helping you publish your book the way you want to and within your budget, and that’s why we offer multiple pre-publication packages which vary extensively to suit you according to your exact needs. We offer both developmental editing and copy-editing, so it’s important to know the difference between these two processes.
What Is Developmental Editing?
Developmental editing provides in-depth and thorough feedback on your manuscript. This form of editing focuses on the substance and ideas which drive your story. It provides holistic feedback on areas such as:
This form of editing is great for when you have finished your first drafts and are looking for some feedback before making revisions. Often, traditional publishing houses use the editing stage to make sure that your book fits within the company’s established views and formulas. The beauty of assisted self-publishing at Rowanvale is that it is entirely up to you whether you take these revisions on board or choose to stick to your own approach!
If you’re in the early stages of drafting your manuscript and don’t feel quite ready for a developmental edit, you could consider having one of our Editorial Assessments. These are helpful for authors who want to know if there are any large or fundamental issues with their manuscript, early on, that could be fixed before going any further. This could save you a lot of time and energy in the long run!
What Is Copy-Editing?
Copy-editing is a very different service that looks at the grammatical details of your manuscript. This includes:
It is one of the final steps in the publishing process and, we believe, a vitally important one. Copy-editing ensures that your book is well written, flows well and is of top quality. A badly written book can affect not only its sales, but also your reputation as an author—and by extension, future book sales! That’s why we at Rowanvale require that every manuscript that we take on board for publication receives at least one round of copy-editing.
Whether you need some guidance with your manuscript, which means developmental editing might be your next step; or, if you’re in the final stages of pre-publication and are in need of a copy-editor, we would love to help you out. Check out our various pre-publication packages here to find one that fits your requirements. If you can’t decide what your next steps are, get in contact with us where one of our publishing assistants would love to help!