I’m a USA Today Best Selling author, whose very first book was bought by Kensington Publishing in 2010. Since then I have hit the USA Today list three times, won the RomCon Readers Crown three times(two for a historical and one for a contemporary), and was a Romantic Times Readers’ Choice Nominee for Best First Historical. I know how to tell a story. I write for Random House USA and UK – Loveswept/Rouge, and I self-publish. My first self-published book, To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield was a Top 5 Finalist in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year.
One thing being a traditionally published author has taught me is the benefit and need of a good editor and copy-editor. The rise of self-publishing has not changed that. I am still traditionally published, but I also self-publish and I use editors and copy-editors.
What’s the difference, I hear you ask? The chart at the bottom of the page may help.
A Developmental Editor
What they do: Looks at the “Big Picture.” They focus on things like plot, character development, theme, point of view, etc.
When you need them: If you want guidance writing your story, or when you’ve finished a draft and want to know if it “works” or not.
A Line Editor
What they do: Focuses on writing style and voice, pointing out awkward phrasing, unnecessary repetition, telling vs. showing, passive voice, dialogue, and flagging any inconsistencies.
When you need them: You know your draft is structurally sound and “works.”
What they do: Correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. They will address commonly confused words as well as ensure consistency with capitalization, hyphenation, and numerals.
When you need them: Your draft works, and your prose has been polished.
What they do: Make sure your book is as error-free as possible. They check the “proof copy” for typographical editors as well as look for layout and page number problems.
When you need them: The book is formatted for print or digital publication.