Editors are the backbone of any manuscript. But the conflict between editors is that they have different opinions based on their choice of text and taste. Since it is subjective, no two editors think the same. Editors do their job at different paces. Some finish fast while others take their time. Some are supposed to be paid per word or by the hour.
The following categories can clearly depict the variety of editorial services available.
Developmental editing sheds light on the following:
- Plot flow
- Structural components
- Character development
- Narration and arc of the character.
Copy editing/ line editing tells us about the following:
- Repetition of words
Proofreading addresses the following:
- Abiding by the right usage of words
- The punctuation and grammar mistakes that are caused after copyedit
- Errors in formatting
A different kind of editorial service offered is assessment. It is a “cold read” of the manuscript. It is a distinct type of written review where the author is informed about the scope of improvement and also appreciates where credit is due. It is not customary of the author to select only a single service; they can opt for more than one for a single manuscript. Although choosing to select all these services may be extremely expensive for blooming authors. It is an eye opener for new authors, how much editing is required before their manuscript reaches the final cut. Editorial services are vastly underrated and thus most authors try to overcompensate for their poor writing by paying lots of money to make the covers look enigmatic but deny the deserving fees to editors. No writer should consider proof reading their own manuscripts because an external eye is vital in these cases.