Do you know the 4 main stages of editing? … and that there are many more types of editing!
Here’s the 4 that most authors refer to:
Substantive/Structural Editing: Clarifying or organizing manuscript for content structure. Sorting material, cutting, adding, looking at plot, characters, theme and other aspects – setting the base.
Stylistic Editing: Clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, polishing language, and other non-mechanical aspects.
Copy Editing: Editing for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style, consistency, heading levels, lists, approximate placement of such as charts, tables, artwork.
Proofreading: Checking proofs of formatted, edited material for minor, mechanical errors in copy.
In any case, editing is critical to ensure a professional book publication, as discussed in our earlier articles:
What has been your biggest ‘aha moment’ when getting feedback from your editor?0