Broadly speaking, every commercially published book will have gone through at least three editorial stages, and most self-published books will benefit from following a similar process:
- a Stage 1 structural (developmental) edit to address the big-picture issues
- a Stage 2 line- and copy-edit to focus on the nuts and bolts of the language, line by line
- a final proofread to ensure that the formatted text is ready for publication
I offer Stage 1 and Stage 2 edits for novelists and travel writers.