From Mexican Mocha to Proof-reading, Brian and Rekka talk about editors and the various stages of editing a manuscript might need to go through.
– An editor, your silent partner in making you look good
– Rekka suggests being your first editor, to do your best to get it clean before anyone else reads it. Read it out loud to yourself to catch obvious mistakes. Saves your hired editor needless work, saves you money.
– Brian suggests reading backward for clarity (grammar, spelling).
– Correction: Homographs are spelled the same with potentially different meanings
– Structure: Hire a developmental editor to help you pick the plot apart if you feel there’s something fundamentally at issue
– Errors, grammar, word repetition, idioms, etc.: Copyediting
– Final passes of proofreading to catch as many errata as possible before this book reaches its readers
– Hire the right people to help your story be the strongest it can be