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After deciding to pursue professional editing and choosing the perfect editor, you have a big decision to make. Which type or types of editing does your manuscript need?
It can be difficult to be objective about your own work's needs, so don't hesitate to reach out to your editor and ask for their opinion.
To help give you a starting place, I've broken down some common types of editing and the order you should pursue them. Note that terminology is not completely standardized across the industry, so always confirm the scope of work with your editor. The definitions below reflect those of the services available from Blue Pen.
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When proofreading, you can save yourself some time by using the find and replace feature to catch common formatting issues. Use the following checklist to ensure your work is as clean as possible.
For a formatting starting point, click here to grab your free Editing Kit, which includes a standard formatting template.
If you're querying literary agents, especially for the first time, you probably have a lot of questions. What should you be doing? What should you not be doing? How do you make your query stand out?
I've been there, and as a professional editor and represented author, who is passionate about teaching, I was in a position to provide accessible and reliable information.
I created The Query Course to help writers learn the skills and techniques that will make their query irresistible. And I incorporate approachable methods, breaking down the process into manageable bites and allowing writers to learn through practice.
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At the time of this post’s writing, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted every aspect of daily life, both personal and professional. People are scared, and many writers have put their dreams on the back burner.
Although I fully understand that this exceptional situation means that many simply do not have the time or energy to focus on their writing careers, many other would-be published authors are not submitting because it’s not “the right time.”