In book editing, there are several different types of editing. Each one has its advantages and the editor looks for different aspects of the manuscript to improve. The three most basic types of book editing are developmental editing, line editing, and proofreading.
The developmental editor is primarily interested in improving the book’s structure. You can learn more about how a developmental editor can improve your book manuscript by reading my post on that subject. A proofreader is primarily concerned with fixing spelling, grammar, and other errors in a manuscript. It’s the lowest level of editing and should be completed last so that a manuscript can be as close to error-free before publication. Today, I’m going to discuss what a line editor does and how he can improve your book manuscript.
A line editor goes through your book line by line to ensure each word, phrase, and sentence is constructed effectively and to ensure that the prose is the most polished it can be. It often includes proofreading, but the line editor goes beyond proofreading to ensure each sentence and paragraph is logically consistent with the rest of the text and to ensure the pacing and tone are effective. It’s a valuable part of the book publishing process.
Without further ado, here are seven ways a line editor makes your book better.
These seven ways of improving a book manuscript are necessary for any writer to publish the best book possible. Your friendly line editor can help take your book to that level, improve it for publishing, and make you a proud author.