It’s important to know which kind of edit you need and why you need professional book editing services to ensure you publish the best book possible. When talking about book editing, we’re talking about a variety of services. 

For example, a developmental edit includes feedback on big picture stuff; a line edit includes rewrites, improved word choice, restructuring; or copy editing to catch typos, primarily focusing on grammar and punctuation.

Read on to know why a professional editor is not the same as a self-publishing edit or book software edit. 

Book Editing Services Are An Important Investment 

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Editors are critical for making your writing “tight” and immersive. An editor reviews and revises a story on a macro and micro level to review elements like grammar, clarity, accuracy, and content to make sure a book is ready to move to the next level and closer to getting published. 

Just based on the feedback of a professional editor, you will learn and improve your craft. You can then carry those lessons into your next book, making it an investment in your writing future.

 Self Publishing Editing  

Some might think, “I don’t need an editor because I’m already pretty good at spelling and grammar.” However, correcting spelling and grammar mistakes is only one kind of editing, and even then, no one should be the only editor on their book. 

We can’t see our own mistakes after a while since our brains fill in what’s not there. So then others might think, “I don’t need an editor because I have beta readers,” but again, editing a book is the same. 

When we ask fellow writers to be our beta readers, we most likely get much conflicting advice based on personal opinion, individual experiences, and reading preferences. Without professional training, beta readers don’t have the tools to edit a book comprehensively.

If you are self-publishing, go ahead and edit your book pre-publication with online tools available to you. If you aim for a traditional publishing deal, using an editor will ensure that you submit the best book you can. 

 Professional Editing vs Book Editing Softwares 

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There are three broad areas of professional editing:

  • Copy editing seeks to fix grammar, spelling, and factual errors.
  • Line editing focuses on the flow and feel of your language.
  • Developmental editing will focus on the plot, the characters, and the story as a whole.

That said, the point of book editing software is to improve your writing’s readability and eliminate all grammar issues. Many advanced options make automated tools excellent for conducting spelling and grammar checks, but you shouldn’t trust them unconditionally.

No software can replace an actual editor, but the right combination of tools will help you polish your manuscript to make it as clean as possible before forwarding it to the editor.

 Professional Book Editing Services 

So how do I know what kind of editing I need? When you contact a publisher like Palmetto Publishing, we ask before agreeing to work with you to see your manuscript to determine what kind of book editing services you need accurately. 

Here’s an example of how we make a recommendation on our services:

  • A partially formed idea or incomplete manuscript requires a developmental editor.
  • If your document has been through developmental editing, you need a line editor.
  • If your story and writing style is ready, then you need a copy editor.

Feel free to get in contact anytime, and we’ll help get you started. Palmetto Publishing isn’t some giant faceless corporation. Still, a family-owned business and team of professionals that love what we do and is personally committed to seeing your dreams come to fruition.

We are your publishing team, and we’ll put in the time to ensure your book is finished to your exact specifications, 100% satisfaction guaranteed.