Along with marketing strategy, editing is the next most essential service for self-publishing authors (or any authors, for that matter). So what are the different types of book editing services available, and what do you get?

Copy editing

A careful proofread, this includes for correcting errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. As well, the copy editor will check cross-references, headers and headings, and impose a standard referencing style. Sometimes copy editing is done by our copy editor, Julie, who has twenty years experience in academic editing and writing of all kinds.

Line editing

Depending on the manuscript’s current state, the copy editing service can include a more thorough edit called a ‘Line Edit’. Line Editing looks at paragraph flow, keeping to voice, sub-headings, and gives recommendations for improving the overall readability.

This selection presumes the author have gone over and over their text to reduce errors and improve construction. This level is appropriate for for those with long-winded, complex prose.  (If you read your paragraph aloud and find yourself straining for breath, then this editing work will fix it!)

Your editor will include general structuring suggestions if we see minor writing flow problems. However, if your writing is full of “challenges to understanding” or is not structured on a theme, then we may suggest the next step up… developmental editing (we call here comprehensive editing).

If you prefer support as you go, I recommend the earlier work is done as part of our book writer’s coaching program. It will save a lot of editing time later.

Comprehensive editing

As Power of Words analyse non-fiction titles, we look at your target readership, purpose of the book, and placement in the market.

Here we examine whether the content is complete and appropriate, if the content will resonate with its target audience (or micro-niche). Your editor will ensure that material is well-organised and backed up by evidence. Jennifer will carry out this work in Word and may also give you helpful marketing tips.

Comprehensive Editing inclusions:

  • Correction of spelling and grammar may be included in the second round (if quoted)
  • Ensure consistency of voice
  • Check that illustrations, tables and bullet lists are used effectively throughout
  • The initial review (suggestions to improve your book) may well save you a further round of editing
  • Instructions for re-writing certain parts to improve the clarity, structure and flow
  • Suggestions on removal of extraneous text
  • Suggestions on creating a more persuasive argument, with examples, evidence, and comparisons — or in some cases, quotes
  • Respect for your opinion and working towards your desired outcomes

Typical in traditional publishing, this ‘experienced eye’ looking at your work conceptually can really help to create a better book. You can try to save on costs, but be aware that some book editing services are not worth two cents. If you want a better quality outcome for less total cost, hire a freelance book editor.

What does an Initial Review of your manuscript offer?

Initial Review (or Manuscript Assessment) is looking over your whole nonfiction book before editing, so as to advise you on what you need in terms of content flow, book structure, and audience. For example, suggesting you add an introduction to explain how your theories came to be. Or pointing out where you can relate better to the audience.

This awareness can add to your final book’s quality and saleability. If you as author go and implement these suggestions, it will save you both money and time.

Receive a two-page report, within 7 days, on your book’s strengths, weaknesses, and saleability. Please send your draft manuscript, synopsis (if written) and table of contents.

What Personal Qualities Do I Bring as Your Editor?

I’m a freak for nonfiction, both as a writer and reader, including books from these categories:

  • Personal development / Self-help
  • Health
  • Business Marketing
  • Property & Wealth
  • Business biographies

My own books centre on marketing for profit and managing your money. My favourite style of book is one where you are learning something but there is a compelling life story (or stories) running through it.