Happy Thursday, friends!
The week is almost over.
Today, I’d like to welcome Sarina Langer to the blog to share her insights on editing.
Sarina is the author of the Relics of Ar’Zac trilogy. The first book in the series, Rise of the Sparrows, was released in late May 2016. She’s currently working on Book 2, Wardens of Archos (to be released Autumn 2017), and a new fantasy duology.
In case you didn’t know, Sarina also offers editing services for manuscripts. If you’re looking for someone to help you give your story a good polish, you can find her here at her website sarinalangereditor!
Whether you’ve been down the road of looking for an editor before, or are dipping your feet in for the first time, Sarina’s post below will help shed some light on what an editor does and why you’ll definitely want to consider hiring one before releasing your book baby into the world.
Without further ado, take it away Sarina…
For a lot of writers, editing is the part that’s most likely to make them run away and hide in darkness where its evil can’t find them. Believe me, I get it. Editing is hard! Especially when it’s your own writing you’re trying to fix.
Fortunately for you, you can hire an editor to help you through such rough times, give you valuable pointers, and fix your grammar and spelling! But what do editors actually do?
When I was editing my first book, I had no idea what the different edits meant. I’m here today to explain it, so you don’t have to pull your hair out over it 🙂
The types of edit you can pay for will vary slightly depending on the editor you’re considering, but there are three basic types you need to know:
Developmental editing – This is where we help you tear into your precious book baby’s foundations and help you decide what needs to be cut, what could be added, and whether all those characters are really necessary. We also help you figure out if a chapter needs moving, if the book and the individual chapters start and finish strong enough, and if your plot is lacking anywhere. Everything we suggest here are, well, suggestions, but they’ll have the biggest impact on your book and will tighten your plot.
Line edit – During a line edit we look at the individual sentences and paragraphs. For example, if you repeat yourself, if you use run-on sentences, or if your sentences don’t make sense we will point it out and suggest how you can fix it.
Proofread – This is the most basic type you can pay for, and will cost you the least amount of money. Proofreads are usually done at the end, to slab that final polish on your book by fixing spelling mistakes, grammar issues, and punctuation errors.
I can’t speak for all editors, but these three are the types of edit I offer. I can also help you find a pull quote to stick on your cover (to better compel your readers to buy your books, my dear!), and will point out any quotes which could make great promo material. I mean, if I’m there anyway…
Please don’t leave booking your editor until the last minute. If you wait until you’re a week away from needing an editor, there’s a good chance that the editor of your choice is going to be booked, and you’re going to miss out as a result. Book us in advance if you can, and let us know if you need to push the start back by a month or two – just don’t wait with that until the last second, either. Editing a book to the high standard it deserves to be takes a lot of time and effort, so you can’t always count on us being able to fit you in at a moment’s notice.
If there’s one thing you spend money on while you’re getting your book ready for its big day, make it your editor. You may think that your best friend who reads all the time, or your Mum who is super critical, is enough, but they’re not. We can tell the difference. Reviewers can tell the difference. It’s so frustrating to start a book which should have been fantastic but was let down by ten errors on the first page! Your passion deserves better than ‘it’ll do’.
Thank you, Sarina for taking the time to share your knowledge with us today.
Friends, if you want to connect with Sarina, you can find here here:
My book on Amazon myBook.to/roaz1
And her editing website again, just in case you’re interested 😉 http://sarinalangereditor.com/
Have any more questions for Sarina? Leave a comment and let’s talk about the editing process.
May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,