Editing & proofreading

What does a copy editor do?

This is the more technical side of editing. Here the editor focuses mainly on grammar and correctness of the text. For more information about editing, click here.

How many types of editing services are there? What are the differences between each?

So, you're ready to submit your manuscript to an editor but have no idea what type of editing your book needs. Well, you've come to the right place!

Here's a breakdown of the different types of editing services available for authors:

1. Developmental Editing: This is the earliest stage of editing and most popular for fiction novels. The editor will look at the author's manuscript as a whole (e.g., plot, structure, characterization) and examine story structure and elements. This will include examining whether the story makes sense, determining if chapters need to be removed or reorganized, and deciding whether ideas need to be elaborated.

2. Content Editing: The editor will go deeper into the manuscript and focus on the readability, pace (flow), and the character's voice. This will include examining the manuscript's strengths and weaknesses relevant to engaging the target audience and determining if the characters are relatable. The editor will focus on improving clarity and readability to ensure consistency between paragraphs and sections so that the book flows.

3. Copy Editing: This is the more technical side of editing, or in other words, detailed proofreading. The editor will focus on the grammar and correctness of the text (e.g., spelling and punctuation) and highlight potential wordiness and redundancy issues. This will include examining the word choice of specific words to ensure each word has its intended impact. Also, the editor focuses on the writer's sharpness by enhancing the quality of sentences or rephrasing ideas to improve flow.

4. Proofreading: This is the most general type of editing and only focuses on grammatical errors, language rules, typos, or punctuation errors. Many authors hire a proofreader after an editor has already reviewed their work. Typically, after proofreading, the author will be ready to submit their manuscript for formatting.

If I sign up for more than one editing type, are they done as separate rounds or simultaneously?

Typically, most editors prefer to do developmental editing separately because it often requires rewriting sections or adding new content. However, content and copy editing are commonly done simultaneously because they relate to one another (i.e., looking at the sentence or paragraph structure). Some editors can complete all three types simultaneously, while others provide their services each as separate rounds. Depending on the complexity of the manuscript, editors often review the manuscript when providing a sample edit to let the author know which option is best.

How will edits be shown to me?

Most editors use Microsoft Word's track changes, and comments feature when editing manuscripts. This allows for every single revision to be marked. The revisions will appear in a different colour on the manuscript, and the author can easily go through each revision to accept or reject them.

Remember that editors offer suggestions as their work is very subjective. Therefore, you can disagree with a revision your editor makes and reject it. Since everything is tracked, rejecting a specific revision will return the text to its original format, so original work submitted to the editor is never lost.

The final decision to approve any suggested change from the editor is solely on the author of the work. This is because the editor is only offering suggestions based on their professional knowledge of the English language and their experiences revising work in various genres of literature.

Why do I need an editor? I don't have a big budget; is editing really necessary?

No one is perfect, and having an editor to provide you with an unbiased opinion on your work will greatly improve the overall quality. Remember that your book represents you. After all, it has your name on it! So, making sure someone catches all the missing commas, typos, or extra spaces between periods could save you from publishing something full of minor (but distracting) errors. Especially for Indie authors, publishing a quality book is a great first impression and sets the tone for your future work if you decide to continue writing.

Even if you cannot budget for developmental, content, or copy editing, many would suggest hiring a proofreader to review your work. Proofreaders and editors are professionals in their field and are highly skilled in catching even the smallest errors that may stick out like a sore thumb for readers. Quality is crucial in literature, so getting a professional editor to review your work helps you reach the high quality that you deserve.

Do editors offer a free sample edit?

Most editors offer a free 500-word (1 page) sample edit to help authors decide if the editor is right for them. This allows the editor to showcase their abilities. Also, the sample edit helps the author feel comfortable entrusting the editor with their work. Since editing is very subjective, it's extremely important for authors to feel comfortable with their editor to make the necessary changes and suggestions in their manuscript. When authors review the sample edit, they will get a good sense of whether this particular editor fits their needs.

What's the difference between copy editing and proofreading?

Copy editing is a more in-depth form of editing that goes beyond proofreading. Proofreading really just catches typos, missing commas, extra spaces, and grammar tense issues. Copy editing focuses on line-by-line edits, meaning that the editor will read each sentence and consider whether the words in that sentence give the best impact. Editors will offer suggestions on improving word choice to strengthen your writing, highlight potentially wordy or awkward sentences, and help you catch unnecessary repetition.

Why should I use Cutting Edge Studio for editing?

Cutting Edge Studio is one of the top author's services companies around the globe because they specialize in helping Indie authors and have some of the most professional and efficient editors working on their team. The editors at Cutting Edge Studio focus on building a strong collaboration with authors, providing detailed feedback, timely revisions, and professional services.

Every editor here is opened to working with authors to ensure that their voice is maintained in their work. The editor and author need to have a strong working relationship because together, the magic happens and how manuscripts are transformed into something extraordinary. Plus, the rates at Cutting Edge Studio aren't going to cost you an arm and a leg, so you'll be delighted with the quality of the service you're getting for the price you pay.

Why do I need proofreading if I already have an editor?

Even the best editors make mistakes. Whenever you select editing and proofreading services, we make sure to get two separate team members looking at your work. An editor will review your manuscript for developmental, content, and/or copy editing, while a proofreader will review your manuscript for proofreading.

It's always great to get a second opinion on your work, and for such a low rate of $5 per 1000 words, it's a great deal because you get additional feedback. All editors and proofreaders offer a detailed feedback document to explain the changes they've made to your manuscript. Plus, there are times when you may have rewritten parts of your book after making revisions based on your editor's feedback. Having a proofreader look at your newly revised manuscript will give you the opportunity for someone to review your work one more time before you submit it to a formatter.

Do editors rewrite sections of my book? Do they help me format?

Editors are responsible for editing your manuscript by reviewing the content but are not responsible for writing whole sections of your book. This means that editors will look at your sentences, paragraphs, and chapters as a whole, but they are not ghostwriters.

The purpose of an editor is to catch mistakes in your manuscript; they are not someone who adds content to your book. They may offer suggestions to help improve your work by highlighting sections that could be developed better and providing ideas. However, editors are not expected to research your topic and add content.

Some authors think that editors also format their books. This is a separate service at Cutting Edge Studio. Formatters are the interior designers who help your book look aesthetic and ensure that your book complies with standards for your genre. However, editors can offer suggestions on the text formatting to improve readability, such as organizing blocky text into bullets, splitting up paragraphs into shorter ones, highlighting key terms, fixing citations, and inserting page/section breaks.


How to create a kindle book?

Well, first of all, you need to write one of course, and have it edited, proofread, get a cover designed, etc. But after you have the final product, you don’t want to upload your word file directly to KDP. You can, but it might look funky. So to create an ebook that looks good on a Kindle, or any other device, you need to format your book. There are programs you can buy if you have the time to figure out how they work, or you can have a professional help you with it. This is where we come in.

Ebook or paperback?

Why limit yourself? Although most people nowadays read books via some sort of e-reader, there are still plenty of people who only read paperback. If you only have an ebook, you might never reach those people. And if you are already working on your ebook, or have a company that helps you with this, the extra expenses of creating a paperback are not that high. Sell just a few copies and you will make a profit. Also, take a look at audiobooks. This is a market that is on the rise and that will be bigger than ebooks in just a few years.

How much does it cost to format a book?

For our ebook (epub and MOBI) + paperback (PDF) package we charge $199 ($159 if you are a student of Self Publishing School). This is less expensive than if you order the formatting for the ebook and paperback separately. Click here for more formatting information.

Ebook distribution platform?

There are multiple platforms where you can upload and distribute your books. The best-known ones are Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Google Books, and Apple. If you don’t want to upload your book to all these individual platforms yourself, you can use a site called Draft2Digital.

What is a publisher?

A Publisher is a company or, in the case of self-publishing, a person that handles the production and marketing of a book.

What is a copyright page in a book?

This is the page in a book containing information about the current edition. Things like who the copyright belongs to, the year of publication, ISBN, credit for the cover designer, and more.

Where does the copyright page go in a book?

Usually on the back of the title page.

What is the best site for self publishing?

This depends on a few factors. Amazon has about 70% of the marketplace, so you can hardly skip them, unless you have a big following. Other big ones are Kobo, Google Books, and Apple. But if you want to use Amazons “KDP Select”, meaning that you allow Amazon to lent your book and that you get paid for every page that someone reads, you are only allowed to distribute your book through Amazon.

KDP publishing guidelines.

Click here to read the KDP publishing guidelines.

Is it worth self publishing on Amazon?

It can be. Amazon has 70% of the marketplace. But keep in mind that, because of this, there is also a lot of competition.

How to publish an ebook and make money.

1. Write a good book.

2. Have it professionally edited, proofread, and formatted.

3. Decide where you want to publish/upload your book and understand how that platform works.

4. Have a marketing plan ready.

5. Publish your book.

6. Market and advertise your book.

Is it better to self publish or get a publisher?

That depends on your goal. Big traditional publisher houses will do the editing for you, create a cover and help you with the marketing. It will also be easier to get into more book stores. But in general, you will earn less per book sold (between 8% and 12%). As a self-published author, you have to do everything yourself. The expenses and workload are higher, but you can earn more per book sold (between 35% and 70%).

What is the back cover of a book called?

What you will find on the back of a book is a book description or book blurb. If you need some help with this, click here.

Are self published books copyrighted?

Yes. your self-published work is protected as soon as you write the first word. Registration with the U.S. Copyright Office is beneficial but optional.

What is a book trailer?

A book trailer, just like a movie trailer for movies, is a video that you can use to promote your book. In this day and age, the more visual you are, the better your chances of promoting your book effectively will be. You can use it on your website and social media (ads). Click here to learn more.

How fast can you guys work?

Because we have a big team of experts, we can start working on your book pretty quickly. For most of our services our turn around time is around one or two weeks tops. The only exception is editing. This can take up to a few weeks and there can be a small waiting list. So don’t wait too long with saving your spot. Often it’s a good idea to already look for an editor when you are busy with the author edits.

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