You’ve put in the time, and now your face to face with the hundreds of pages that you’ve slaved over to create a magnificent story. You feel complete with your existence as an author…
Until the Editor comes with their LOGIC, and REASONING! To chop up your masterpiece into little pieces and point out every little flaw.
The first book of corgi knight has reached the phase of completing its first draft, and I would like to share with you some of the steps it took to get there.
Before your work can become a first draft, it will be a rough draft. Akin to vomit on a paper, it will be the mashup of information that your brain spews forth page after page. But even in its awkward Frankenstein’s monster state, you will regard it with contentment. It’s time to hand it over to the four horsemen of Editing:
These guys go over your work with a fine-tooth comb to spot grammar, syntax and punctuation errors. They are the first people to check the coherency of your work. We all have a set idea of what something is in our head, Copy/Line Editors make certain that we are correctly able to communicate that idea.
Now that your idea can reach an audience, it’s time to organize it in the best possible way. The Developmental Editor is there to make suggestions on your content. It’s layout, organization, market viability, and relatability to your audience. These guys will probably be the biggest butcher of your content.
With clarity and shape of your idea, you should now have a manuscript! The Substantive Editor is all about the movement of your information. All information has a flow, even your story. These guys should also be asking the hard questions challenging your content and its consistency. If the Developmental Editors are the butcher, these guys are the cooks. They are there to create a tasty and satisfying story.
This is the last and final step of editing. These guys are there to catch the inevitable differenced that will be created by shifting your content though the other editors. They must do a little bit of everything but polishing up the story is their goal, not changing it. A good tip for proofreading is that YOU should always be the final proofreader. After your editors get though doing their work, it’s still your responsibility in the end. What goes up on the shelf will reflect upon you.
Keep tuned in! In the next few weeks there will be an exciting update for the Corgi Knight book!
-Silver the Bard: “If you haven’t heard from me, assume I’m dead and avenge me.”