Self-publishing a book takes a great deal of work and there many phases throughout the entire book publishing process. The book editing phase is a very important phase because you can’t effectively sell your book without it. Although some authors believe that they can do the editing work by themselves, it should be understood that in order for your book to fully reach its full potential you will have to have your book edited by a professional. It is also important that you know the stages of editing and in what order you do it. Here are the stages of book editing.
This stage of editing is a particularly difficult one. This is also one of the most in-depth and invasive of the editing stages. It involves dissecting the narrative from top to bottom. It is important that you get a professional to do this because it is a very work intensive process. During the process don’t be surprised if your editor literary strips down your manuscript to the bone.
This stage is something that you can do for yourself. Look over each and every sentence carefully. Check if your sentence composition is correct. This is like a follow up to the structural editing phase. Your main objective is to make sure that your sentences sound right. If they sound clunky you should make some changes to the sentence. If you have the budget you can have your book editor do a follow up on this phase too.
This phase of the editing process is by far the most technical. It is all about the minutest aspects of your book. Make sure that your grammar and spelling is on point. It is also important that everything in your book is accurate and consistent. It is a good idea to have a different editor look at your book so that there will be a whole new perspective on your manuscript.
This is the last part of the editing phase. On this phase you have to be very picky on who corrects your book because this is the last editing phase. And any editing mistakes committed here would have a very big effect on the entire publishing process. A mistake would mean that you would have to make expensive corrections on your final manuscript. Which why your editor will have to be very professional and look for consistency in usage and presentation. They will also have to be able to look for accuracy in texts, images and layouts in the final draft.
Once the final editing phase is finished you will now have a draft that is ready for publishing. This is why it is very important that your editing process is done as professionally as possible.