What the line editor does ….

18 Dec

A good description of how it works — In my case, I’m both the line editor and copy editor but the principle is the same.

Peggy Blair - Getting Published

I used to think that line editing was when an editor went through your work looking for typos and grammatical errors line by line. I was wrong. There’s some overlap, but that’s the job of the copy editor.

In the counter-intuitive world of publishing, the line editor is actually the big picture person. S/he reads your manuscript looking for errors in plot, for timing gaps, for things that are confusing or just don’t work.

The process is this: the line editor gets your manuscript and reviews it. They send you a tracked copy with hundreds of suggested changes. Some of these are changes in wording to improve flow; others are to strengthen weak sentences. You may find something in the tracked comments like: “I think you should cut this. You don’t need it.” Or, “I think this should be a new chapter.” Or simply, “I’m confused.”

You don’t have to agree…

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