Edit Nonfiction Books
The benefits of professional editing for your nonfiction book
Let’s start by addressing this common question: “What’s the difference between content editing and proofreading/copy editing?”
While still fairly young in my writing/editing career, I had one of those “lightbulb” moments. I was thinking about the difference between content editing and proofreading (aka copy editing). Here’s what I realized:
- The proofreader (or copy editor) looks at what IS there. In other words, this person will fix typos, correct grammar, and adjust the punctuation in your manuscript. He or she may break up run-on sentences and may offer helpful suggestions.
- The content editor looks at what is there – and what is NOT there. For example, when you make a point in your manuscript, is it complete or does it need more explanation to connect the dots? Alternatively, do some points get bogged down and need to be tightened? And this is important: Does a clear theme or takeaway resonate throughout your manuscript? The content editor relentlessly pursues clarity, energy, and momentum. The goal is to keep the reader engaged. Let’s keep the reader reading!
Are you writing a business book or personal memoir?
If so, do not overlook the content editing step. Content editing takes a “diamond in the rough” manuscript and polishes it into a brilliant, sparkling-clear book. And don’t worry, I won’t change your voice!
I offer decades of experience as a professional editor, with experience in a wide variety of business subjects including entrepreneurship, healthcare, high tech, insurance, law, manufacturing, nonprofit fundraising, and real estate.
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