Editorial Services are essential in the delivery of any professionally produced book. Souptank Press' experienced editors will make sure your work is the best it can before it reaches your final audiences.
Below we've provided some explanation of the different types of editorial services available and have also included a handy editorial cost estimate calculator tor for your convenience.
Before plowing ahead with any content, copy or line editing, it is highly suggested to confer with a knowledgeable and experienced editor for assessment of your manuscript's status. Professional feedback should include assessments of:
- Character Development
- Potential Marketability and/or Reader Perspective
Furthermore, they should advise on the big picture quality of the work, and suggest changes you might make before moving any further toward a final draft.
NOTE: Once a book is ready for print, many authors will ask for a final Editorial Assessment and Review.
Content editors make sure everything in your manuscript is congruent, clear and useful to your readers. They are essentially your true compass of determining the overall strength of your manuscript, and are essential in helping you to organize, clarify, and edit (re-write) your book to ensure it effectively reaches your intended audiences.
It is advisable to engage a content editor once you desire to take your manuscript beyond the draft phase. or when you feel it’s finally time for an honest and unbiased opinion of your work.
Content Editors should do the following:
- Find and suggest improvements in plot, where there may be holes in your continuity
- Ask critical questions about characters and their development
- Provide advice on the arrangement and flow of material
- Ensure pace, length and structure of your work
Assist in ensuring your target audience is served, and should have some experience with:
- Target Audience
- Genre Specifics (page counts, language styles, use of diction, vocabulary, etc.)
Improve and Clarify
- Remove Redundancies
- Rewrite and/or suggest poor phrasing or sentence use
- Encourage and Strengthen your development as a writer, while ensuring respect of your personal style
Copy editors are language experts: they edit your books, articles and content to:
Ensure language usage is technically correct
- Correct Grammar, punctuation and spelling
- Eliminate Redundancy
- Ensure Facts & Figures legitimacy
Strengthen word usage
- Substitute weak words, phrases, and sentences with powerful alternatives
- Improve sentence structure for clarity and flow.
Ensure continuity and consistency of style
- Ensure tone and style remain consistent throughout the text
- Check for hyphenation, capitalization and terminology usage
The spit and polish. The final word on your words. A line editor has a very keen understanding of what right looks like. They are the ones who ensure your book is ready to go to press.
It is sometime even normal practice to hire more than one Line Editor to screen out final errors in language, style and/or format.
Great Line editors find those hidden errors that everyone else missed along the way. Their job is to do the following:
Comprehensive and detailed identification of even the smallest error
Corrects all spelling and/or grammatical mistakes
Give the manuscript its final professional shine