Is your book ready send to an editor? Check this handy flowchart to see

How do you know when your book is ready to send to an editor?

I often receive very raw drafts from writers asking for a copy edit, or even a proof read, which made me realise two things:

  1. Some writers aren’t aware of the different levels of editing, (which is understandable – I wasn’t either before I studied editing).

2. Some writers aren’t aware that there are a number of stages they need to go through themselves before their manuscript is ready to send to an editor.

So to help out, I’ve created this super professional flowchart.

This is specifically about copy editing, which I get the most enquiries about, (if you’re not sure what I mean by copy editing I’ve put a link to some definitions at the end of this post). This not a definitive process, but it’s indicative. So if you’re wondering what to do next once you’ve typed ‘the end’ for the first time, this could be a handy guide.

Ready to send to an editor flow chart

Have a look here if you want to know more about copy editing or other stages in the editing process (yes, there’s a few.)

Good luck intrepid writer.

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