Musings

What’s a sample edit, why have one, and whom does it help? No, I’m not talking about revision for the dreaded exams we all remember swotting for at this time of year. I’m talking about revisions to your novel – self-editing if you will. Editors receive many requests for sample edits – which they are usually happy to offer because

  1. Doing them helps the editor evaluate how much intervention the MS will require, how much support you, the author, will need, and thus how much to charge.
  2. You will see the sample edit with all the amendments tracked
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Have you seen that student meme making its way around social media – the one where essay writers are jokingly urged to increase their word count to the required figure by innocently repeating words here and there? I’m sure no dedicated scholar would ever stoop so low, but we have all come across repeated definite articles – especially at the end and beginning of a line. That sort of thing will increase the word count of a novel by perhaps a dozen words, but getting rid of the odd ‘the’ isn’t what I’m talking about (don’t get me wrong,

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Holidays and books – go together like jam and clotted cream. How many books did you take on your holiday this summer – and were they classics or new releases? If new releases, did you ever wonder when the book was actually written? I mean, when the author first sat down and put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard. How long would that have been before the novel was published? Did you know that JK Rowling first had the idea for the Harry Potter books in 1990, and had all seven of the series planned out before the

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28 August

Advancement

Originally posted on 14 June. At the end of my introductory musing I mentioned that my next would be on the subject of the author’s voice. That is such an important topic, but it will have to wait a little, I’m afraid. Instead I’m going to make an announcement: My membership of my professional organisation, the SfEP (Society for Editors and Proofreaders), has today been upgraded to Advanced Professional, meaning that I am ‘held to demonstrate a high level of professional competence and substantial experience’. I can’t tell you how proud I am to be a member of SfEP,

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25 November

What Is Editing

What is editing? What are the different levels of editing?

With grateful thanks to Averill Buchanan and her colleagues at EPANI There are several different types of editorial work you can have done to your text (to confuse matters even more, UK and US/Canadian editors often use different terms to describe the same thing). Here are some of the main types of editorial work, listed in the order in which they follow in the publishing process:

  • manuscript assessment (or critique or appraisal)
  • development/structural editing
  • copy-editing
  • proofreading

Manuscript assessment/critique/appraisal is a broad assessment of your manuscript by

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