Not everyone needs advanced editing, but if you do, it can make your work really come together. Advanced editing can improve the style of the piece through actual revisions that improve readability. Significant rewriting may be required.
So, does your work need advanced editing? If you’re not sure, set your manuscript aside for a couple of weeks and then read it again. This lets your brain take a break from your writing and can give you a fresh perspective. Your mind won’t be as likely to fill in what you meant to say and you’ll be better able to see any errors in your writing.
Advanced editing may include reorganization for clarity, style and interest. You want your reader to keep picking your book up so they finish it. Also called substantive editing, this type of work makes it imperative for the writer and editor to have a good working relationship. Depending on your agreement with your editor, she may make changes and send them to you or ask questions to clarify the issues so you can make changes. Be open. She isn’t trying to be critical. She is trying to make your writing the best it can be. A good editor will want to polish your work without losing your voice.
John and Toni Rakestraw are the owners of Rakestraw Book Design. Toni is the editor; she keeps all those words in line. John is the voice of the company. He can often be found hosting Google+ Hangouts on writing and issues writers face online. Archives for his shows can be found on YouTube.