The Wordhouse Editing Team sends you this proposition: You may be in deep struggle right now, wondering how you may put your MS together in a most acceptable frame or structure. You are confident that you are finished, and in fact, what you have at the moment is a final draft out of so many-sleepless-nights-and-restless-days of writing. You want to job out these pages to a professional who will act as an unbiased reader-reviewer, somebody who will comment on the ideas you have recorded, hopefully, for posterity.
The work you require may be as complex as wanting to re-structure your manuscript for the key thoughts to sparkle, or as detailed as going it line by line for a style check. After working on it for so long and having exhausted all your powers of critical assessment, you will gain from a fresh eye, a new perspective.
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When you ask "How much would it cost me if I ask you to edit my work?", the immediate response could be, "What exactly do you want the editor to do with it?"
The response question is similar to a doctor's probing when you visit a clinic because you are feeling sick. The doctor will probe for symptoms first before diagnosis and prescribing medicine. Similarly, a professional editor will ask "What do you want me to do with your manuscript?"
In a way the editor will know exactly what needs to be done after reading your manuscript more than once. It will happen that during you, the author, may agree to the editor's line markings, but this is always difficult for the author. The editor should expect that the author will at times stay stubborn about every part of her manuscript, and unless the editor is also the publisher, the final say on the manuscript is still the author's. If at the outset the editor knows that line-editing is the only requirement, it will not be helpful to insist on a structural edit. [If the editor is also the publisher, there is a different dynamics to this editor-author relationship.]
Up to the end of the process, the author should have full control over her material. Unless the author says, "You can do anything with it," (does she wants a co-author?) an editor will be cautious to strike out a seemingly obtrusive adjective, or re-arrange the order of words. The editor is aware that the manuscript is a final draft, a product of long and meticulous thinking and rewriting, and not merely an output from freewriting.
Reading is work. The following are misconceptions about editing: 1) That it is merely checking of the grammar, spelling and punctuation of every sentence found in the manuscript (2) That anybody who knows English can do what editors do.
Truth is that when an author hires an editor, she pays for one or all kinds of editor's jobs. Depending on the manuscript, these tasks are as follows:
Content Edit--here one-on-one consultation is a must because the manuscript isn't there yet. The writer may think that he has already developed his outline but in fact, the development is weak, generic, and disorderly.
Structural or Macro Edit focuses on flow and transition and polishes the logical arrangement of ideas. After following the author's outline, structural changes are applied in paragraphs lacking in controlling ideas, excessively detailed, or smudged with abstract examples.
Copy-editing, a line by line check of spelling, grammar, and punctuation -- in other words, the style. The editor may comment on the tone and may suggest changes to sharpen the author's intention.
Lastly, an editor is also a friend. who will stay with you from beginning to end of the process, until after the final book launch. Editors also help you in the distribution and selling of your final product, from suggesting ideas for packaging to giving you connections for digital marketing and promotion in social media.
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