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5 Book Editing Styles That Every Writer Should Be Aware Of

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Writing a book is a dream that many writers have. This is understandable because writing a book of your very own allows you to leave a literary legacy of very own. But before you even think of writing a book, you should at least know how to edit your work. That way once you start publishing your own book, you can be confident that it is in the best condition possible. Here are 5 Book editing styles that every writer should know.

1. Line editing

While other editing styles looks to the overall composition of the content, line editing is quite different. For line editing, the main goal is proper execution and clarity. This means your work will be checked line by line. Every word you use will we scrutinized and if they are deemed unnecessary, they will be cut.

Line editing also entails the trimming down of unnecessarily long sentences. Every word you use will we scrutinized and if they are deemed unnecessary, they will be cut. The key goal of a line editor is to keep the wordplay as lean and efficient as possible.

Line editing may seem a bit tedious, but it is extremely important. This is because line editing ensures that your writing matches your overall concept.

2. Copyediting

Copyediting is a very detailed and work intensive endeavor. This type of editing takes a great deal of time and effort. This is because copyediting approaches the editing process as a whole. Copyediting is not limited to just spell checks or punctuations. It also includes checking for consistency in spelling, capitalization, numerals and hyphenations. Copyeditors are also expected to check for possible plagiarisms, and inconsistencies within the story. Overall, this type of editing is very multifaceted and precise.

3. Proofreading

Proofreading is the last edit before a manuscript is published. This means that when a proof is to be checked it should have already gone through editing. A proofreader’s main concern should be to check the proof for spelling, grammar and punctuation errors that might have been missed during the previous editing. Proofreading may be less work intensive that other editing styles, but that does not make it any less important. It is the last check before a manuscript is published and distributed, and if there are any errors left it will not only be embarrassing for the author, but costly as well.

4. Developmental editing

Developmental editing is different compared to other editing forms. Other editing styles focus on grammar, spelling and copyediting. Developmental editing on the other hand focuses more on plot, pacing, setting and characterization. In many ways, developmental editing relies less on technical ability and more on experience and instinct. During a developmental edit, entire storylines and settings can be changed. Characters can be killed off or discarded. Settings can be changed or transferred to other chapters. In many ways, developmental editing is incredibly work-intensive and immersive editing style.

5. Content editing

Although there is a confusion between content editing and copyediting, the two are quite different. Copyediting is all about checking for grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors. Content editing on the other hand is more comprehensive. This type of editing entails checking the whole content. This includes inconsistencies, factual errors and discrepancies in the overall storyline. Overall content editing is a great deal more detail oriented.

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