A complete and easy guide for book editing process

What is Editing?

Your self-publishing quest doesn't quite end when you write "The End." What's next? Editing! You (and your editors) have one purpose throughout the editing stage: to make your book the best it can be.

“But I feel my content is fantastic.” We commonly get this response from the authors. Here's a little known fact: you've spent countless hours with your book that you know it inside and out. Your future readers, on the other hand, have not. Editing ensures that your words express exactly what you mean. To accomplish so, you'll need a group of individuals who can function as an objective sounding board, assessing the content for areas where it may be more successful.

“But I don’t have enough budget to hire an editor.” We understand the pain, having an editor can be expensive. But there's a reason behind it. Your editors are well-versed in business and linguistic etiquette. It takes time for them to read your paper and offer comments. If you wish to compete with other publications, both formally and self-published, your book must be the best it can be. Behind every great book is an equally excellent editor—or team of editors.

There's also some positive news. The less money it will cost you if you tidy up your manuscript before handing it over to your editor. The first few phases of book editing (yes, there are phases!) will assist you in accomplishing this goal.

A complete and easy guide for editing process:

Each stage of the editing process has a distinct goal, which is to make your book the best it can be.

Here’s how you can get help from your family and friends:

1. Self-criticize

You're the first line of defense for your team. When you self-criticize your book, you go through it again to find any errors you missed while writing. It might be as easy as correcting mistakes or as complex as rewriting entire chapters. But, before you start reading, take a pause so you can return to your book with fresh eyes. You’ll want to slow down and thoroughly read every word while doing this—maybe even read it aloud so you can see and hear what's on the page rather than what you intended to write.

2. Beta Readers and reviewers

Volunteers who read your work or review and give input are known as beta readers or reviewers. Beta readers aren't a replacement for experienced editors, but they may help you catch problems early on in the editing process.

When looking for beta readers, search for persons who are knowledgeable about the subject (nonfiction) or who appreciate the genre (fiction). Make sure your readers aren't just going to say "it's great"—while that may be nice for your ego, it's not good for your work.

Here’s how you can get help from professional

1. Developmental editors

Developmental editors often focus on the o