I've only been in London for a month, but it's time to get started. Bloomsbury meets BookMachine. Christina, Laura and Jamie shared their insights about getting into publishing. Food for thought!
The Last Step
Has your manuscript been copyedited? Have you sent it to the book designer? Have you got a copy of the manuscript that “looks” like a book, with photos/images, captions, copyright pages, all of the text and is basically ready to be printed?
You need a proofread!
After a manuscript has been copyedited and converted into a “proof” by the designer, it needs to be checked again. Typos, errors, text that’s gone missing, incorrect page numbers all happen during the conversion process.
I go over the manuscript with a fine-tooth comb to find any typos, printing errors, or issues that slipped through the copyedit.
The Details of the Words
Is your story complete but you’re struggling with language, voice, style, or tone?
You might need a line edit.
I edit on a line-by-line, word-for-word basis with a focus on improving flow, clarity, and style. Line editing is more about the language is used, and it involves manipulating the words and sentence structure to make the manuscript more pleasurable to read.
The Technical Details
Has your story been developmentally or line edited? Is your story complete, every word perfect, and the next step is off to the publisher? Copyediting is for ideal for writers who are getting ready to publish.
I ensure the manuscript is correct, consistent, clear and coherent. I look over the grammar, spelling, punctuation, formatting, and vocabulary usage. I make sure the manuscript is formatted and styled according to either the Chicago Manual of Style (US publishers) or the New Hart’s Rules/Oxford style (UK publishers) or to whatever style you need.
I provide different levels of copyediting.
Light includes checking grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, and highlighting unclear passages.
Medium includes a light copyedit, and basic fact-checking with suggestions for revisions of difficult passages.
Heavy includes a light and medium copyedit, rigorous fact-checking, and queries about logic and organization.
A Small Piece of the Big Picture
Have you finished a novel but don’t know what to do with it?
Manuscript evaluations are ideal for writers who would like feedback on different aspects of their writing before committing to a full developmental edit or a copyedit.
I read the several chapters of the manuscript and give feedback on what’s working and how to improve big-picture issues like head-hopping, telling versus showing, character development, plot, and pacing. Issues seen in the first three chapters are usually seen throughout the novel, so writers can take the feedback and apply it to the manuscript as a whole.
I read a lot and I hope to help authors with the craft of writing. I share good examples of difficult aspects of writing: point of view, narration, world building and more.
Occasionally I give editing tips and share insights from the world of publishing.
England's Queens: The Biography
Keeping Up With the Editors
Happy Birthday, Poe!
Appreciate a Dragon Day
I Was Wrong – Or What I Learned from a Year on the SYP London Committee
Shortlist of the Best Books I Read in 2020
V for Vendetta
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen
The Mandibles: A Family 2029–2047
The Diary of a Bookseller
The Dutch House
The Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort
Becoming a Writer
Things Fall Apart
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