The journey to becoming a professional author can be an uncertain one. Getting the right words down on paper is enough of a challenge. What inevitably comes next, the editing and publishing processes, can feel, to some, insurmountable.
If you’ve come to this blog with a finished manuscript, congratulations. Now you’ve probably recognized that you need an editor. Here is a crucial pro tip you need to remember. Even professional writers, with numerous published books to their credit, work with editors.
In order to be successful, you need to know what to expect with editing.
Editing With Erick Mertz: Expectations
The first thing I like to lay out is that a good editor meets you, and your book, where you are. That sounds simple enough, but what does that mean though?
Over the years, I have worked on a lot of books. I have edited everything from literary fiction to memoir to business books. I’ve done developmental edits for many authors whose books were fairly sharp and well developed. I have also worked with authors whose work, for one reason or another, needed a little more help.
You should expect that your editor understands where you are as an author.
They should be able to meet the needs of you and your book in a positive and constructive manner. That means simply this: there is no shame that your book has not reached that ready to publish, professional level yet.
Actually, look at it this way. That’s why you’re hiring an editor in the first place. Your editor is the one that helps elevate your understanding of craft and, ultimately, the work you create.
What Does The Process Look Like?
This is a question I’m asked a lot. Take me through the process of working with you as an editor.
I will preface this short list by saying every writer is a little different. Editing isn’t a “one size fits all” process. I have worked with a diverse array of authors and every single one needed something a little different.
With that said, here is the general process:
- Our first step is to talk about expectations. What are you looking for? Where do you feel confident? What areas do you need instructions in? When you work with me as an editor, you can expect that I will form my process around your answer to these questions.
- A review period follows. Once I have your manuscript in hand, I need time to edit. For a book of conventional length (in the range of 50-100,000 words) this can be as short as two weeks and as long as four.
- You can expect to receive written feedback. While I’m editing your manuscript, I create a document that covers my thoughts and feelings. I go into detail regarding the strengths and places for improvement, with a focus on attainable strategies for getting there.
- A one-hour consultation. Most of my clients, after receiving feedback, want to talk about it. I like to schedule a one-hour consultation for us to go over that document together. This allows you to ask me any questions you might have.
- Follow along Q&A. After you’ve received written feedback and a one-hour consultation, I offer follow along support. That means, as you’re implementing those recommendations, I’m available to answer questions.
Editing With Erick Mertz: Results
I learned a long time ago to avoid making promises. As I’ve said already, every writer’s process is a little different and the same can be said for results. Not everyone ends up in the same place when we’re done with our work together.
Here is a little food for thought though.
Developmental editing is about improving the quality of the story. When we work together, I am going to show you the many ways your manuscript can improve. We’ll talk about everything from how to form stronger characters and establish a more vivid setting.
These are critical elements of good writing. Without them, your story won’t reach your intended audience.
When we’re done, I hope you see your manuscript in a different way. Writing is tough. It is a journey that we take alone and it’s challenging to know what works and what doesn’t. That’s what I’m here for. It’s my goal to help guide you from good manuscript to great book.
I hope this addressed some of your interest in what to expect editing with Erick Mertz. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.
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