Why do I need an editor?
It’s all too easy to miss errors in our written work. It may be something as simple as a typo or as complex as the grammatical structure of a sentence. An editor will ensure that your piece of writing has been thoroughly checked to remove errors, and you can select from several different levels of editing according to your needs. Here’s a basic explanation of some of the types available:
This is a light form of editing that will pick up minor errors of grammar, spelling, style, punctuation, capitalization and word usage. The editor will be looking at individual words and will not provide feedback on story structure, plot, characters, etc. This may be a suitable level of editing for an experienced writer.
As above, but with a more in-depth look at the manuscript to ensure it is a well-structured, coherent piece of writing. Copy editing may pick up factual errors or possible legal issues with your writing.
Substantive (developmental) editing
This is a comprehensive edit looking at all aspects of your manuscript. In addition to the services mentioned above, the editor will check structure, organization, coherence and consistency. They may add or remove content, or rewrite large sections if they consider it necessary. Substantive editing is recommended for those who are new to writing.
Morgen Bailey (Morgen with an ‘E’)
Morgen is a freelance editor for publishers and indie authors. She is also a blogger, Writer’s Forum magazine ‘Competitive Edge’ columnist, writing tutor, and speaker. An author in her own right, Morgen co-founded Northants Authors and has written several novels (at various stages of completion), 400+ short stories, a series of writer’s block workbooks, an editing guide, and has dabbled with poetry. Morgen spotlights authors, agents, etc. on her blog and is happy to offer a free 1,000-word sample of her editing work.
Former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, RONE, as well as the Althorp Literary Festival children’s short story, and the BBC Radio 2 and BeaconLit 500-word flash fiction competitions. She also runs her own monthly 100-word competition.
Morgen will be one of the 2018 NAWG Fest tutors with her ‘Editing your Fiction’ weekend residential course and can regularly be found on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, and LinkedIn. When not online, she reads and walks as much as she can.
Morgen is our featured editor and offers a wide variety of editing services in addition to the above. Head over to her blog at http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com to find out more, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Writer’s Guide To Editing Fiction
An invaluable tool for writers of any age and experience, this book looks at all aspects of a story and explores the many techniques at an author’s disposal to make their writing shine. Looking at the components of a story, points of view, tenses, the power of three, layout and ways to polish your writing, it is an incredibly helpful and instructive guide.
365-Day Writer’s Block Workbook (Volumes 1 & 2)
These workbooks aim to help writers overcome the familiar challenge of ‘writer’s block’. Volume 1 contains over 1,000 sentence starts with information on points of view, tenses and a tip a week. Volume 2 contains three sets of five keywords per day, still with a tip at the end of each week, inspired by the given keywords. A must for anyone struggling to keep their writing flowing.