Authors and novelists generally seek the professional help of expert book editors – as we have at UWriterPRO to make their books, articles, or blog content into something that catches the attention of the right audience.
There are times when you read a book that you were floored by the writer’s prowess to communicate the essence of the storyline. Whereas, at other times, you are simply pissed off at whoever wrote the book and you are wondering what the publishers were thinking.
It all boils down to good or bad editing. What we are offering at UWriterPRO is the opportunity to convey your desired message to your readers at affordable prices.
The following are the types of book editing services you can get from us.
- Proofreading – proofreading is done to track and correct errors that could have been overlooked in the process of other forms of editing. We are listing this as the first type of editing because it is often the easily overlooked aspect of book editing. Proofreading is the line of defense against errors before final publishing.
As great as other forms of editing are – you will get to find out about them in the rest of this article, without proper proofreading, they could be rendered useless. You need a good proofreader who pays high attention to details for your book to be what you really want when it is eventually published.
Before this stage though, your book must have undergone structural editing which includes evaluation, developmental, content, and line editing.
- Evaluation Editing – this stage is for critiquing a manuscript for correct structuring and content and should come before developmental editing. Without the right content, there will be no reason to develop.
At this stage, the editor is not interested in the grammatical or punctuation correctness of your writing. They are just interested in making sure each section lines up or are necessary for the bigger picture.
During evaluation editing, the editor evaluates how the book you have written fits into the right genre. This stage tells you whether your writing is good or needs work.
- Developmental Editing – this form of editing is all about making sure your story lines up. Most often, writers, especially novelists, have great ideas and they could write as many pages as possible. It is only during developmental editing that they found out what they have written is somehow jumbled with no clear pattern or structure.
Therefore, developmental editing is the earliest form of editing in the writing process. A developmental editor ensures that sentence structures are right, the right tone is set, and punctuations and grammars are correct. This is also the stage for taking out unnecessary parts and fixing new ones to make the book better.
- Content Editing – this can also be termed ‘full editing’ or ‘substantive editing’. Why? Because the content editor edits as a whole and single entity. While this may often be confused with line editing, they are actually not the same. A content editor does not necessarily have to look at each line but must ensure that each chapter, paragraph, and sentence flows into the next.
In essence, content editing is really developmental editing but with a closer look at the big picture of the book.
- Line Editing – as the name implies, line editing means doing just that – edit line by line, leaving no ‘word-stone’ unturned. This means that after your developmental and content editor has done justice to the manuscript, then it needs to be edited again, line by line, word for word.
Line editing is all about making sure each sentence flows into each other and unnecessary phrases or words are removed. This stage ensures that the wordings of the book or novel are just right, not too much or less. When line editing is done right, it gives the book a flow that keeps the reader glued to the book till the end!
- Copy Editing – copy editing should really be done vis-à-vis proofreading. This is because, while checking for spelling mistakes and punctuation errors, grammatical errors can be overlooked.
This step may seem like a waste of time but be rest assured that it is not. line editing ensures that statements are sections that were edited or inserted earlier are actually correct grammatically, no spelling mistakes, and no missing or misplaced punctuations. This process is painstaking but absolutely necessary.