Editing: Overview

Every writer needs an editor. No exceptions! But there are several kinds of editors. Do you know what they do?

Developmental editors help you plan and organize your material in a logical, convincing manner. What is your message? How can you break it down into its component parts? What do you need to know, and where can you find that information?

Content editors look at the big picture, writing style, structure, flow of ideas, language, and accuracy. Is the “voice” consistent? Did you cover everything you needed to cover, or is your manuscript suffering from overkill? Are your facts correct? Is the book coherent?

Copy editors check for grammar, punctuation, and typos. They catch mistakes you and everyone else have missed. Do you have agreement in tenses and between nouns and pronouns? Are you hooked on semicolons? Are you careless with your sentence structure?

Wherever you are in your book-writing proces—at the beginning or the end—you need an editor … perhaps more than one. Find out more about how I can help you edit your bookmarketing materials Web copy.  If you have questions or comments, please contact me at  bobbi@writeanonfictionbook.com or 314-968-8661.

Recent comments from editing clients:

“Bobbi is an excellent editor. She embraced our unique book idea immediately, guiding us with her great attention to detail for strong and diligent but supportive modifications. As this is our first book we didn’t know what to expect from the editing process. Bobbi never changed our intentions, only made the words and statements better. Our special project (not a typical text or narrative format) required additional skills of specific format editing. She embraced this need and conducted her own research to ensure our project was edited correctly. Bobbi was not just an editor, but truly part of our team providing ongoing support throughout the project. She never wavered in her belief of our book to be completed and she was an essential part of the team success of the final product, Celebrating Lincoln’s Legacy. We’d work with Bobbi again in an instant.”

Kevin and Glenda Abney
Authors of Celebrating Lincoln’s Legacy