BOOK EDITING- TYPES AND NEEDS

“A good Editor is like tinsel to a Christmas tree…. They add the perfect amount of sparkle without being gaudy.”

“What would be your remarks on the book that carry bundles of silly mistakes and grammatical errors?”

“If, the book you’re reading nowadays, spell ‘then’ instead of ‘than’ to compare two things, how knowledgeable would you consider the writer?”

“Being a book writer, you would say that these are just little typos or writing errors and probably go unnoticed by the readers.”

Well, the truth is completely opposite to what you believe!

The typos and errors you pay little attention to can make a cataclysmic impact on the audience.

Just like food needs garnishing to give a more delightful and tempting look, your books need the right type of editing to make it a perfect fusion of art and creativity.

Many writers and book editor are unclear about varying types of book editing because of minor differences, blurring the line between each of them. There are varying types of editing; the one author wants are clearly defined in the author’s editing guidelines to the editor. Editing can range from changing typos and grammatical errors to changing the story plot, characters, or order.

Before moving ahead, let’s find out what’s book editing and why it’s needed;

BOOK EDITING:

Book editing is the detailed process of preparing a book for publication, either it’s written in a traditional manner or a self-published book. This detailed book editing job is performed by experienced book editors, usually hired based on the type of editing needed.

TYPES OF BOOK EDITING:

There are several different types of book editing; each one leads to a similar goal: making the writing piece more perfect and error-free. 

PROOFREADING:

As the name implies, proofreading removes and rectifies grammatical errors, correcting syntax, spelling, punctuations, and errors in the text. It also sometimes involves the identification of the problem of structure and vocabulary.

Proofreading is done right before the publication to make a final check before the book is printed or published and sent to distributors.

If your book carries typos and spelling mistakes that remain unobserved by you, proofreading is there to make your content impeccable.

The word proofreading is derived from the word “proofs” typesetters produced before the final prints. The text is then completed with diagrams, photos, and tables, but now it has been replaced by electronic publication, making it easier to edit.

For books, the proofreader’s job is to identify the word splits and ensure that no lines are left at the page’s top from the previous paragraph (widow) or at the bottom belongs with the next page paragraph (orphan).

COPY EDITING:

All the content needs copy editing; no one can write a perfect script in the first go.

Copy editing, also called text editing, is a detailed process of correcting the text in grammatical, spelling, punctuation, and other aspects. It also involves the usage of new terminologies, semantics, and formatting of the content.

The focus of the copy editing is lesser on the bigger image and more on the language of the sentence. 

The copy editor’s job is to ensure that any factual data written in the text is accurate and involves all the elements involved in proofreading.

Copy editing involves proofreading and editing and ensures that any facts and figures used in the text are accurate and unbiased.

Copy editor performs track changing function and adds comments and suggestions regarding the changes to be made in the author’s manuscript (Word file). The author then oversees the copy writer’s changes and accepts or rejects them according to their preference, and makes revisions where necessary.

LINE EDITING:

As the name says it all, line editing ensures that the sentences and used in books and blogs are effective, empathic, and deliver complete insight into the author’s mind by paying attention to minute details of the content. It’s an intensive structural edit that pays attention to language’s deeper aspects- such as transition, style, and tone. In line editing, what matters the most is the writer’s style and method of delivery of ideas.

Line editing reduces and removes the redundancy and verbosity issues that word improves the sentence quality without completely changing its meaning.

Line editor works line-by-line, make the text structure precise, making the language clearer and sharp. Their major focus is on the writer’s word choice and how this fusion of words contributes to the writing’s overall text emotion and tone. They are entitled to bring the text into pace to aid smooth readability.  

In-Line editing, the editor focuses on five key factors, narrative, deliverability, vocabulary, language, and development. 

DEVELOPMENT EDITING:

Development editing is an all-in-one package of an editing process. These edits are an in-depth and thorough review of the author’s manuscript. It involves all the aspects, ranging from individual words and sentences to the over organization and deliverability. Not only just this, but this editing also address plot and characterization factor. The focus of developmental editing is on the targeted readers and access to the manuscript according to the standards of the genre.

Development editing pays attention to both broader and specific aspects of writing. It includes proofreading and scrutinizing the following elements in detail, such as the timeline of events, characterization, storyline, presentation, and marketability.

If you’re thinking of hiring a development editor, make sure that the editor must be flexible, hold some experience in the particular genre, and the communication between the two is barrier-free.

NEED OF THE BOOK EDITING:

The basic and the most obvious need of editing is to iron out all the wrinkles in your piece of writing. An editor takes a bird’s eye view of the text and identifies the faulty elements that resist the content from becoming a masterpiece. From grammatical errors removal to the tone of the content, all the things fall in editing. The writing piece gives the editor a gist of the author’s mind, which helps him further edit and make suitable changes in the content that boost the text’s deliverability and readability.