Happy Monday, good people of the page! Jo here! Today, I'd like to go over the difference between an edit and a proofread; including what you should expect from each. These are just a couple of the services we provide here at INDIE Books Gone Wild. If you aren't sure what services you need, this post will help you decide and tell you how to prepare for each one. So grab those pens and notebooks and let's get going!
editor you choose should give you a sample edit of your first chapter
to see if you're a good fit. At IBGW, we use that first chapter to rate
the quality of your writing and base our price from there. Why? Because
if it doesn't take us as long to edit your book, you won't pay as much.
You're paying your editor for their time and knowledge of the English
Be sure your editor uses a style guide so you'll know what changes to expect and have a reference.
An inline edit looks something like this:
Your editor should never be your proofreader. They're too close to the work by the time the edit is done, and they'll miss things, just like you.
At INDIE Books Gone Wild, we use one person on our team to edit and another to proofread.
Proofreading is included in the price of your edit. There's no need to
shell out more money for someone else to do it. We even write it up in
your contract and book your proofreading for you. That's part of the
benefit of working with a team rather than a single person who tries to
do it all.
No matter who you choose to work with, make
sure you've read something they've written or edited and are comfortable
with them as a person. Be sure you can respect their comments when your
manuscript is returned. There's nothing worse than questioning every
change someone makes. Trust is a huge part of the writer/editor
As a final note: Regardless of who you work with, be sure to have a contract.
If your editor or proofreader balks at the idea of a contract, or won't
let you read/look it over before you're expected to sign, run away. A
contract is there to protect you both and shouldn't sway power one way
or the other. Also, make sure it has an out clause.
I hope this helps you all in some small way.
That's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!