Editing for an Editor

I’m still thinking about what I learned from Erin Healey at the Peak Writing Conference. My editor’s mind is still struggling she said with which I had a mixed reaction. She said authors should not be too concerned with copy editing (punctuation, grammar, etc.) and to be more focused on things like characterization, plot, sequence – basically structure issues. She very briefly mentioned making sure the copy issues were addressed but didn’t elaborate.

I agree structure issues are the most important. Copy problems are easy fixes for the editor. But I would like to address what I believe what authors should or should not be concerned about when preparing their copy. The key is to be professional.

First, make your copy as clean as possible. No, I do not expect a perfect copy. You don’t have to have it professionally edited to make it perfect. By doing a good job of self-editing, an author can create a clean copy. By making the effort to make these corrections, I know I am dealing with a professional. If I receive a manuscript with over 30 typographical errors on the first page (and, yes, I have received some) I know the author is not professional and not willing to make the effort to produce a good product. This tells me this author will probably be difficult to work with. Next, be consistent. There are some issues like use of dashes or ellipsis or spelling of some words (like gray). Don’t worry about what is correct because different publishing houses have different policies. But however an author needs to decide how they are going to deal with these issues and then be consistent. That way if your publisher’s style is different we can use “find and replace” to quickly fix the problem.

Therefore, I agree with Erin to spend more time making sure your structural editing is handled, work enough on the copy editing to turn in a good, professional copy.

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