Four Phases of Editing
I don't edit my own books. I do the author editor but I do get another editor for my books because I want new eyes that are objective to look through it. I know what I want it to sound like and my brain is going to automatically correct it to sounds that way. But if someone else reading it doesn't hear it that way, it doesn't sound correct. So I get an editor.
And this book, that I'm writing now, I want to get beta readers. For the first time, I'm getting beta readers.
Anyway the editing process. What I like to do for my own books, is I have five different rotations and beta readers are now incorporated. So the first stage is the Preliminary Reading where I just read the whole book once. I don't make any edits. I just take notes on everything I want to change, everything that needs to be changed, from these anything be big to minor details all the things that I think that I should be aware of. I'm talking from dialogue to setting to plot details all of it. Anything that stands out to me or makes me think about it a little bit or something lingered in my head.
Then I will do what I call Phase One edits which is the big picture phase. Here I will be looking at the story and the plot the character and the and setting. Bigger picture stuff that needs to flow throughout the entirety of the story. Phase One is just the whole book. Does it make sense as a whole? Plot beginning to end make sense? I also look in the notes from my preliminary reading too. Then I offer my first meeting with an editor. I'll let her do her thing and I'm I will make the note that I'm looking for bigger picture stuff right now. She'll probably also do editing and content stuff but I am specifically looking for big picture things.
Then I will go into my Phase Two edits which I call the Scene Phase where I simply looking at individual scenes to make sure those scenes makes sense from beginning to end. I'm looking that the dialogue makes sense. How the setting transitions from the classroom to the hallway to the parking lot, does it that makes sense? Does the scene as a whole makes sense from the beginning of end? That's what these edits are for. And then off and away to my editor again.
And now I'm going in with a magnifying glass to make sure that sentence by sentence makes sense. This is Phase Three. If I read this to a 6th grader, will they know that I mean. And looking into another editor who specifically does line edits. Before I was looking at more content type of editors and but now I'm sending it to go through proper punctuation, grammar, all those things.
Once I get those back I'll do another quick run through. I don't plan own editing anything, I don't mind doing it if something else comes up. then I sent it to the beta reader for some final feedback and it's all set.
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