You’ve written your book (or your business documentation), done all your groundwork, sorted out your budget and found an editor you’d like to work with.
So what happens next? What can you expect from working with an editor?
Every editor is different. Just as there are different types of editing, there are different ways of approaching an edit, but generally the process will remain the same.
Let’s break it down into stages …
When you get your document back for review take your time to read it through and address any comments from the editor. You may want to just go through it yourself, thank the editor for their time and move on, or you might want to ask the editor a few questions. This is the time to do it. You are perfectly within your rights to reject any changes that have been made, but you must take into account that rejecting one change may impact on the sentence and those around it. If you really don’t like, or understand, the change this is your chance to talk it through. Remember that an editor is a trained professional, but this is your document and you must feel comfortable with the edit.
So, you see, the editorial process isn’t at all mysterious. The main thing to remember is to talk with your editor, communicate well and don’t take comments personally. It’s very easy to get protective of your work, but trust your editor, they want what’s best for you and your work.
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