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Have you written a manuscript and are ready for the next step toward getting your book published?


If so, you've come to the right place!  At Kokonutlime Publishing we pride ourselves in our excellent editorial staff.
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So, what, exactly does an editor do?

Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions we get:

What does an editor do?

I have spell check and grammar check in my Word program so why do I need an editor?

Why does it take so long for a manuscript to go through editing?

Why do I have to submit my manuscript in a particular format?  Can’t the editor fix it?

 

Let us address these questions to give a better understanding of what the editing process is and how you can help your editor so that your manuscript can end up in its best possible form before it is submitted for publication.

What does an editor do? 

An editor polishes and refines, she directs the focus of the story along a particular course.  She cuts out what doesn’t fit, what is unessential to the purpose of the story.  She enhances the major points, drawing attention to places where the audience should focus.

A task common to all is to ensure that the product they produce is the best it can be in the time available and with the resources available.  An editor working to develop a non-fiction book may spend a year or more collaborating with the author.

Here are the different types of editors that work with our manuscripts:

Acquisitions editor—Our acquisitions editors review the manuscript to determine its condition.  They read it thoroughly and then give feedback as to what kind of editing the manuscript needs in order to be accepted by a publisher.

Substantive editor—Helps a writer improve his fiction manuscript by focusing on story elements, plot, characterization, dialogue, order of scenes, point of view, voice, setting, word choice, sentence construction and syntax, and pace—anything that could improve the strength of the manuscript.

Helps a writer with a non-fiction manuscript by ensuring that sections lead logically from one to another, that there is consistency and flow, and that the right amount of information is presented. Will make sure that conclusions are sound and come from what has been presented.

Substantive editors do not usually work with a writer from the beginning stages, but instead will come to a manuscript after the writer has completed several drafts. Points out weaknesses and suggests options to strengthen those areas. Examines both the big picture and the fine details of a manuscript (including grammar, spelling, and punctuation).

Ghost writer—Shares the writing of a manuscript with an author or writes the entire manuscript based on the author’s suggestions, leading, and research.

Developmental editor—Helps a writer develop a book from idea or outline or initial draft. Makes sure the book will meet the needs of the publisher and its readers. Will work with the author through any number of drafts. Often works with writers of non-fiction. Guides the writer in topics to be covered in or omitted from the book.

Copy/manuscript editor—(These may be two different positions or one that combines elements of both or the same position called by a different name.) Ensures that the manuscript meets in-house style standards and corrects grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Checks facts and may suggest different words. Verifies headings, statistics, data in graphs, and footnote entries. For fiction, the manuscript editor will check for consistency and logic, and will read with the needs of the audience in mind.

Proofreader—Compares one version of a manuscript against another to eliminate errors from the newest version. The proofreader is the last person to check a manuscript before publication. A proofreader is not an editor in the traditional sense, but because of a crossover between duties, an editor may be the proofreader.

 

If you submit your manuscript in its very best version to us, it is more likely you will have a better version ready for publishing in less time.  The less spelling, grammar and punctuation that your editor has to fix, the more time they can spend on developing your story, clarifying its structure, and guide you through the elimination or addition of parts of your book.

It helps to have a group of friends or family read your manuscript and give feedback before submitting it to us.  Then, if you take all that feedback and spend the necessary time developing your story, you will have a much better manuscript.

Many authors get very excited after their manuscript makes it through acquisitions and begin marketing and announcing the pending publication of their book.   Please remember that you have not yet entered the publication phase while your book is in editing.  It could be months or even years before your book is actually published once the editing phase has begun.

Editing can take up to a year or longer depending on the size of the manuscript, how many times it gets sent back for revisions, and how many additions are made.  If you expect the process to take the time necessary to make a polished product, you will be much happier with the results than if you rush through it.  You are much more likely to have your manuscript accepted by an agent or publishing house if it has been given the necessary time and attention it deserves before submitting it.