When Writing A Book You Need Good Editors

After you finish writing your book it will need to be edited. This is usually the first stage of the production process. If a major publisher is publishing your book, then your will not have to worry about finding an editor for your book. Major publishers will often use their own in-house editor who is familiar with the publisher's style and their expectations.

However, if you are self publishing your book then you will need to find a good editor, or if you have the skills, you may wish to do it yourself. Regardless of which avenue of publishing who choose to undertake, it's important to understand the different types of editors that exist.

Firstly, this knowledge is necessary for effective communication with a publisher's editor; and secondly, it's essential knowledge if you are to complete this stage of the production process yourself.

Three types of editors you should know about are:

Copy Editors

These types of editors go through your manuscript and improve the English aspect of your work. They concentrate on words, spelling, grammar, sentences that need restructuring, paragraphs that need including and so forth.

Content Editors

Editors that undertake a content edit are usually concerned with the technical nature of your manuscript. They don't look for spelling or grammar mistakes, because they are checking the consistency and accuracy of the technical knowledge included in your manuscript.

Sometimes they have the same knowledge about your specific topic and sometimes they know more, which ensures that your manuscript is not only written well but the content is also correct. Depending on the type of book you are writing, content editors are not always required.


Proofreaders can sometimes be your main editor, however, publishers often prefer to separate these roles. This is because after reading the same manuscript for the umpteenth time it is not uncommon for dual-editors to miss obvious mistakes.

The role of the proofreader is to correct any minor mistakes, such as typos, that may have been overlooked. They are also responsible for ensuring that the manuscript adheres to the style guide implemented by the publisher. Proofreading is usually the final step in the editing stage of the production process; however, it may be necessary to complete this step more than once.

Editing a book is an essential stage of the production process and one that requires competency and accuracy. Editing plays an integral role, despite whatever means you choose to publish your book. Editing will often reflect upon the publisher's reputation and professionalism and thus requires careful attention.


Dale Beaumont is the author of this article. He is an internationally renowned book publishing expert, the author of 16 best-selling books and the creator of the Get Published Secrets Program. 

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