Editing Process

Typical Nonfiction Editing Process


This is my usual process, but I can adjust it to fit your needs. This has just been the workflow that has worked best for the majority of my clientele. To expedite the process and ensure I can start round two quickly, you can choose the chunking method.

Combined Package or One Service Process

  1. Round One: I complete two editing passes. I complete my first pass, double check my work and add any additional edits during a second pass, and then send the manuscript to you. If you choose the chunking method, I send the manuscript to you in chunks (I do two passes on one chunk, then send to you, etc.)

    • To the Author: Your job is to accept/ reject changes and add any additional material or changes per my suggestions. If you choose the chunking method, while you are completing your tasks on the first chunk, I will start working on the next chunk.

  2. Round Two: Once I get all the manuscript or all the chunks back from you, I will complete my final half pass.

    • In this half pass, I edit any newly-added material, make changes agreed upon ahead of time (e.g., rearranging content), check all comments and your responses and add anything as needed, run grammar and spelling checks, and check consistency (e.g., spelling, formatting, etc.).

    • To keep my rates affordable, this second round is not a full read-through. It is a cleanup round. It is important and ideal for the editor to see the manuscript again after handing it over to the author, which is why I include this second round, but I have found authors often cannot afford two complete rounds. Thus, I essentially only charge you for the first round since this is just a courtesy cleanup. 
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  3. If you or I think at that point another full editing pass is needed rather than just a cleanup, I am willing to do so at a discounted per-word rate. 

  4. Both Services Done Separately Process

  1. Round One: In this round, I focus on substantive editing. The process is the same as the combined or one service process round one.

    • To the Author: Done the same way as the combined package or one service process.

  2. Round Two: Once I get the manuscript or all the chunks back from you, I complete the copyediting round. This round is just one editing pass.

    • To the Author: Done the same way.

  3. Round Three: This is the final half pass. In this half pass, I edit any newly-added material, make changes agreed upon ahead of time (e.g., rearranging content), check all comments and your responses and add anything as needed, run grammar and spelling checks, and check consistency (e.g., spelling, formatting, etc.)

Typical Fiction Editing Process


This is my usual process, but I can adjust it to fit your needs. This has just been the workflow that has worked best for the majority of my clientele.


Combined Package or One Service Process

  1. Round One: I complete two full editing passes. Note that after this round errors will remain as I am focusing on big-picture stuff here. I do copyediting at the same time, but I focus mostly on the big picture. Along with the edited manuscript, I will send an editorial letter that gives context for my changes and suggests some ways to fix big-picture issues.

    • To the Author: Your job is to accept/ reject changes and add any additional material or changes per my suggestions.

  2. Round Two: I will complete the final full copyediting only pass. If big-picture issues remain, I will make a note for the assessment, but I will not fix them or send another editorial letter as this is just a cleanup pass.
    • This final round is an assessment and additional copyediting pass.  
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    • Assessment: After I finish the copyediting round and check for how well you addressed the issues in the letter, I will let you know if major big-picture issues still remain. If enough do, I will recommend an additional pass at a discounted per-word rate. But, of course, it is up to you.

    Both Services Separately
     
    1. Round One: I complete two full editing passes focusing on big-picture issues. Along with the edited manuscript, I will send an editorial letter that gives context for my changes and suggests some ways to fix big-picture issues. I may fix some grammatical errors as I notice them, but I will not focus on copyediting.

      • To the Author: Your job is to accept/ reject changes and add any additional material or changes per my suggestions.

    2. Round Two: I will complete a full copyediting pass and note any additional big-picture issues. This round also includes another shorter editorial letter with any remaining big-picture issues for you to fix.

      • To the Author: Your job is to accept/ reject changes and add any additional material or changes per my suggestions

    3. Round Three: This is a final half pass. In this half pass, I edit any newly-added material, check all comments and your responses and add anything as needed, run grammar and spelling checks, and check consistency.