A comprehensive edit is the most in-depth level of book editing we offer. It’s a unique blend of
- line editing,
- structural editing, and
- a written editor’s report.
During the line edit, your editor will work through your manuscript, polishing and sharpening the text, line by line. Perhaps you’ve overwritten a scene, or maybe your narrative is difficult to follow because of bad transitions – whatever the case, a line edit will identify these problems for you. But it doesn’t stop there. Your editor will correct these mistakes for you and explain why the correction was made so you can learn from the process.
Take a look at this passage before a line edit:
At first the door rattled a warning to the two inside that someone was very near and then the door creeked open. They drew their knives and pistols
Now have a look at the same passage after a line edit:
The door rattled, then creaked open. The two inside drew their knives and pistols, and waited.
Notice here, the line editor caught and fixed a couple of technical errors, like the typo on ‘ creeked’ and the missing period at the end of the last sentence. If we spot typos and missing punctuation, we’ll fix it (because we can’t help ourselves). But please remember that the purpose of a line edit is not to weed out technical errors, but rather to focus on the strength and use of language in the story.
All edits are made in tracked changes, which means you can either accept or reject each change.
During the structural edit, your editor will give you detailed feedback on anything that could benefit from some revision. Perhaps a character is doing or saying something that just doesn’t ring true, or maybe a scene could do with a bit more tension. Whatever the case, your editor will share his/her thoughts with you and provide advice and suggestions for improvement.
Feedback is given in embedded comments in your manuscript as well as in a written editor’s report.
The editor’s report is a valuable tool as it focuses on crucial issues that will not only improve your manuscript, but will give you the creative tools to become a better writer.
Common issues that an editor might include in their report are things like clunky dialogue, slow passages, plot holes, inconsistent author voice, or over-description. The report isn’t just about identifying these issues, but about suggesting ways to fix them. Maybe it’s a case of changing the order of events, removing a problem section or refocusing on the key events of your story – the aim is always that you will come away from the report knowing how your story can be improved.
To get a better idea of what the editor’s report looks like, please check out the Editor’s Report Sample tab at the top of the page.
Please keep in mind that after having a comprehensive edit, you will need to do some form of revision to your manuscript. It’s our hope that the comments and edits will challenge and inspire you to take your writing to the next level.