Whether your manuscript is a final draft needing a polish or an early draft needing feedback, working with an editor can help you get one step closer to publication.
There are a number of ways you can work with an editor:
A manuscript assessment (also known as a structural edit) is a written report that looks at story arc, character development, voice and pace. If you’ve written a few drafts and are not sure what to do next, this is the step for you.
If you feel you need help to address issues raised in your manuscript assessment, some editors offer manuscript development. This usually takes the form of one-on-one writing workshops to work through your new draft, a few chapters at a time. It’s like having your own personal writing tutor.
This is the final polish. The editor looks at the language line by line, focusing on rhythm, pace, voice and continuity, as well as spelling, grammar and punctuation.If you would like to know a little more about the copy editing process, there’s more information in this post: Five things to expect from an editor
Writing can be a lonely occupation. When you engage an editor you have someone else on your team, someone whose sole purpose is to bring out the best in your writing.