What to Expect
"The book is like a bridge over which the story travels from the writer to the reader, and the editor is like an inspector who makes sure there are no rough places or holes in the bridge." — Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Advantages of Working With an Editor
You've poured your heart into your work and your dream is to publish your manuscript. Whether you are a new author or a seasoned published author, a fresh pair of eyes is always welcome. As a writer and editor, I know this to be true, and an invaluable tool that helps you reach your ultimate goal.
Working With an Editor
One of the most important parts of the editing process is that you have a good working relationship with your editor and that your editor remains invisible to your reader. Like any successful collaboration, a good team shares their expertise and works together to create the best possible manuscript. I will be there with you every step of the way.
Two-way communication is critical, which is why I suggest an initial virtual or face-to-face to begin the process of evaluating your manuscript. When a fair and equitable contract has been signed, then we begin. Learn more about the editing process.
I work in the standard publishing protocol: Microsoft Word, 12 pt., Times New Roman font. We will work specifically with Track Changes and use the comment bubbles to query and respond. (I find that FaceTime, Zoom, and phone calls also help to clarify if you choose.) Check out this one-minute tutorial on how to use the Track Changes and Show Markup features in Word.
Number your comments to easily cross-reference during editing rounds. How? Place your cursor in your first comment bubble. Press Ctrl S to open the Apply Styles box, then Modify, Format, Numbering. Choose your favorite number style then click Okay twice. Presto!