Editing involves carefully reviewing material before it is published, and suggesting or making changes to correct and improve it.
Australian Standards for Editing Practice, second edition,
In addition, a professional editor can provide a broad range of valuable services, depending on your specific needs.
Manuscript assessment is often valuable before submitting your work to a publisher or agent. It entails:
- reading the manuscript or a nominated section
- advising on stylistic matters
- considering its commercial potential
- offering general advice on strengths, weaknesses and development.
Manuscript development helps to realise the potential of your work. An experienced editor can work with you to shape your manuscript:
- clarifying the structure or plot
- developing the appropriate voice and tone
- refining your writing style.
Project and production management achieves the best job possible with the available time and resources. An editor as project manager can:
- schedule and supervise all stages of publishing, including print production
- ensure your work fulfills its purpose
- keep the whole team on track
- monitor your budget.