Three Kinds of Editing
Often, editing a book manuscript is considered a single activity. But book manuscripts commonly go through various stages of development. Once a rough draft of a manuscript is complete, there are three possible approaches to editing the document: book-level, sentence-level, and word-level editing.
If trying to avoid the costs attached to a professional editor, which can cost over $1,000, here are some other cheaper vendors for finding editing help.
Obviously, the cheapest edit is the self-edit performed by the author, though it may not be the most professional or comprehensive. It still saves the author money in the short-term and it can produce a better (i.e. less flawed) manuscript if ever handed off to a professional editor. The following list is a suggestion of strategies to help focus authors’ attempts for self-editing.
Outside of the above-mentioned options, there are a few creative solutions available for authors. These solutions may not necessarily lead to the best result, but they are usually less expensive than some of the other options already mentioned.
Authors have a variety of choices available for editing. Each book project may have a different budget or goals behind it. You may want to consult another article on the topic — to determine whether a professional edit is even worth the expense. These are all considerations when choosing an editing option.
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