My colleague Ann Bolch, one of our editors, recently wrote a post on her own blog about a common misunderstanding of what ‘editing’ means. Unless you’ve suffered under the point of an editor’s red pen, you may not realise that editing ain’t editing – that there are various stages of editing between a draft and its final form. Ann is here to explain in this very lightly edited version of her original.
Many people come to me asking to have their work edited.
Fair enough. I’m an editor. But the first question, ‘What sort of editing are you after?’ often stumps them.
Simple requests like, ‘Can you edit my 82,000-word novel?’ or ‘I have a website that needs updating – is this something you would do?’ soon become complicated because, actually, there are four stages of editing. And we need to know which stage the project is at before we can write a proposal outlining timeframe, costs and approach.