It’s a truth universally acknowledged that an author in possession of a manuscript must be in want of an editor. But how do you choose an editor? How much should you spend? Do you even need editing at all?
“I just got the manuscript back from my editor, and it’s covered in red. What do I do now?”
Most editors (or maybe it’s just me) like to delude themselves that they are so eagle-eyed, so perfectionist that no error would dare elude them. According to one study, however, human proofreaders—even professional ones—are at best 95% accurate. Test me, test me! Surely I can beat that. I think.
You’ve written something. You’ve poured all your skill, creativity, and time into it. You’ve made sacrifices to reach the finish line, and you can now congratulate yourself on a job well done. But what’s next? There are so many types of editing: