Writing and Editing Steps

Are you an author who is considering independently publishing?

There are many steps you need to take before hitting the "publish" button.

These are the steps we suggest following and when to ask for help in the process!

Finish
the
1st Draft

For most authors, finishing the story is the hardest part! Things to consider when you are creating a manuscript:

  • Write with a genre in mind!

  • Word counts are important, but they aren't everything! Consider what your story needs! All narratives should have an exposition, central conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution. Certain genres also require certain expectations with plot, character development, and more! Research your genre to make your book more marketable!

Alpha Reader

Alpha Readers can be a friend or fellow author. This should be someone who points out large, developmental problems

Edit Manuscript

(2nd Draft)

The manuscript should be edited according to Alpha reader's feedback and genre requirements

Consider the pacing, character development, plot points, etc. for each genre.

Beta Readers

Beta Readers are someone who has experience reading the genre. Beta readers should be someone impartial to the author and/or their work.  They often answer questions and address problems with character development, settings, etc.

(Typically we suggest 3-5)

Are you interested in beta readers who are thorough, secure, and reliable? 

Check out our beta reading program for more information!

 

Edit with
Beta Reader Feedback
(Draft 3)

If your beta readers have consistently pointed out errors or problems with your manuscript, consider making edits accordingly.


Are you interested in beta readers who are thorough, secure, and reliable? 

Check out our beta reading program for more information!

 

Developmental Edit

Developmental edits should always be completed by a professional who specializes in the genre. This type of editor often points out issues with character development, pacing, imagery, and more!


Are you interested in developmental editing services?

Check out our beta reading program for more information!

Copy Edit

Copy edits should always be completed by a professional who knows the specific nuances of mechanics, usage, spelling, and grammar in a specific language. This a line-by-line edit for these mistakes. Our editors refer to the Chicago Manual of Style for all grammar rules, which is the preferred style guide for professional editors.


Are you interested in copy editing services?

Check out our copy editing services page for more information!

Proofreading

Proof reading is always completed by a professional who knows the specific nuances of mechanics, usage, spelling, and grammar in a specific language. This a line-by-line edit for these mistakes. Our editors refer to the Chicago Manual of Style for all grammar rules, which is the preferred style guide for professional editors.


Are you interested in copy editing services?

Check out our copy editing services page for more information!

Formatting
&
Final Copy

The final copy of a book should be changed very little, if at all, except for formatting. There are different needs and expectations for ebooks, paperbacks, and hard-covers.

Don't forget your front matter and back matter! Leave as many ways for readers to follow you as you possibly can!


Did you know?

We offer free ebook formatting as part of our editing package!
Check out our other complimentary services today!