YOU SHOULD HIRE AN EDITOR
Editing is an
important part of book production and it should be done on the
original manuscript before the process of producing book pages
programs have spelling and grammar checkers but these are not
foolproof. For instance, a spell check program will only pick up
collections of letters that do not make words, but it will not
pick up on misspellings that still result in words. So it would
pick up the word "book" if it was misspelled "bok,"
but it would not pick it up if it was spelled "back."
It is a common
misconception that anyone who is a competent writer or who is
reasonably well-read can do an adequate job of editing a
manuscript. The best editors are those who edit text for a
living. They will diligently look at every word, phrase,
sentence, and punctuation mark to make sure there are no
spelling or grammatical errors.
The author is
always the worst person to edit the manuscript because he or she
is much too familiar with the text to look at it with a critical
editor's services will be well worth the outlay of cash as it is very
disappointing to sit down with your newly-printed book and
discover spelling and typographical errors scattered across the
Most editors will
be happy to give you an estimate of the full cost of their
services before they begin work. Here is a list of the different levels of editing that are available.
Includes: clarifying for meaning and reorganizing content and
structure where needed; checking for consistency in point of
view, voice, style, usage; correcting grammar, spelling,
Includes: all of the above except clarifying meaning and
reorganizing content and structure.
Includes: correcting grammar, spelling, punctuation and checking
for consistency in spellings, capitalization, numbers.
This is done on the page proofs after the pages have been laid
out. Includes: checking for keyboarding errors against original copy.
At the Vancouver Desktop Publishing Centre we can put you in touch with experienced and competent editors or visit one of the Editors Association websites like the Editors Association of Canada.