Ask Me Anything About Where Editing Is Done Right!

Adrienne Michelle Horn
Jul 9, 2018

Are you interested in writing a book, but not quite sure how to start?

Have you written a book, but are in need of an editor or proofreader?

In today’s highly competitive literary world, every author needs an editor who can quickly produce an amazing and polished product. 

But we just don't stop there! We also edit the following: 

  • Press Releases
  • Newsletters
  • Journals 
  • Cover Letters 
  • Resumes
  • Reports 
  • Blogs

Contact I A.M. Editing, Ink for all of your editing needs. Together, we can add the final touch to your masterpiece!

For more information, please visit my facebook page at www.facebook.com/ia.m.editingink/

Also, you can visit my website at www.iamediting.com

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What are the most common clichés you have come across with when editing fiction manuscripts?
Jul 15, 1:12PM EDT0
Have you heard about developmental editors? Are you also a developmental editor?
Jul 15, 4:46AM EDT0
What if the author disagrees with what the editor says? How much of the editor's advice should the author take on board?
Jul 13, 6:27PM EDT0

Hi! 

That is an excellent question.  

I truly believe that the author should take what they want and leave what they don't want. They are simply sugguestions. 

At the end of the day, the book belongs to the author, not the editor. Editors who are compassionate about what they do make every effort to ensure that the author presents a well-polished product to public. 

However, there is really nothing that an editor can do if the author disagrees. This is why sample edit are important. They allow for both parties to see if they are a fit before they even begin the process. 

Last edited @ Jul 14, 3:33PM EDT.
Jul 14, 3:32PM EDT0
What are the different types of editing that authors should consider?
Jul 13, 6:04PM EDT0

Thank you for your question! 

Often you will find that an author will say, "I need an editor" without being fully aware of what all that encompasses. 

There are 4 fundamental processes that are involved in editing: 

  1. Developmental editing - focuses on the entire book 
  2. Line editing - ensures flow and easy readibility
  3. Copy editing - checks grammar, spelling and punctuation 
  4. Proofreading - checks for any typos that may have been missed

An author should assess each part of the process and determine what need should be fulfilled for their manuscript. Being unaware of what services you need can cause you to lose money that could be invested in other aspects, such as publishing and marketing. 

Jul 14, 3:25PM EDT0

Thank you for your question! 

Often you will find that an author will say, "I need an editor" without being fully aware of what all that encompasses. 

There are 4 fundamental processes that are involved in editing: 

  1. Developmental editing - focuses on the entire book 
  2. Line editing - ensures flow and easy readibility
  3. Copy editing - checks grammar, spelling and punctuation 
  4. Proofreading - checks for any typos that may have been missed

An author should assess each part of the process and determine what need should be fulfilled for their manuscript. Being unaware of what services you need can cause you to lose money that could be invested in other aspects, such as publishing and marketing. 

Jul 14, 3:25PM EDT0
If you could ask one famous author three questions about their writing process, or books, what would they be?
Jul 13, 5:38PM EDT0

That's a tough question! 

I would probably ask a variation of the following: 

  1. What enviornment do you find to be the most productive in when you are writing? 
  2. How long does it typically take you to write a book from beginning to end, excluding the editing process?
  3. Do you still use a pen and pad to write or do you do everything completely on your computer?

((And of course, if they would let me edit their next book. It never hurts to ask.)) 

Jul 14, 3:22PM EDT0
Are editors usually qualified across the board or do they specialize in specific areas?
Jul 13, 10:03AM EDT0

Hi USMAN! 

For me, they are.

The biggest thing is having a great understanding of the English language. There are some other things that factor in to it, such as word choice in reagrd to targeting a specific audience.

However, that portion normally only occurs with developmental editing.  

Jul 13, 2:04PM EDT0
What is the most important consideration when selecting a book editor?
Jul 12, 10:37PM EDT0

Hi Cielosteron! 

You do not want to contract an editor without ensuring (s)he can actually provide the services that you need. 

I am huge on providing sample edits. It gives an author the chance to decide whether the editing style fits their needs. 

Every author will not like the style of an editor all of the time. And that is okay. Any time that an author does not select an editor due to style, the editor has dodged a potential negative review. 

It works out in the favor of both parties to know whether they will do well together from the beginning. It saves a lot of heartache and frustration later on.  

Jul 13, 2:09PM EDT0
Should you copyright your manuscript before sending it to a book editor?
Jul 12, 7:58PM EDT0

Great question, Dennis! 

I would not say that it is a bad thing,  especially when working with someone you are unfamiliar with. 

However, a lot of editors now have nondisclosure agreements that are attached to their contracts. 

Before publishing, however, I definitely think it is a great idea to copyright anything that you have written. 

Jul 13, 2:11PM EDT0
If a manuscript has already been professionally edited, but there still seems to be a problem, should one invest in a second edit?
Jul 12, 1:36PM EDT0

I have been waiting on this question! 

I am certainly a fan of second edits. Your name is on it! You should want it to be as perfect as it possibly can be. 

I will say that you should first have the editor conduct a sample edit for you. You do not want to pay for services a second time without knowing if you will receive the editing results you are looking for. 

Jul 13, 2:13PM EDT0
How do you motivate yourself in the face of tight deadlines?
Jul 12, 1:29AM EDT0

Good Morning! 

Awesome question. 

With me having a two-year-old daughter, deadlines sometimes come a lot faster than I would like for them to. 

However, the excitement from the writer as the time gets nearer pushes me to finish and provide them with a product that they are proud of. 

I have had people cry tears of joy on the phone with me after reviewing the work that I've done for them. 

Remembering moments like that always motivate me. It never gets old. 

Jul 12, 8:11AM EDT0
Have you ever dealt with difficult customers? How do you make sure you and your clients are a good fit?
Jul 11, 9:58PM EDT0

Good Morning Rahul! 

I have had a few. Are you next? (Smile. I'm just kidding.) 

I normally don't make sure that we are a good fit for each other. Instead, I make sure that I am a good editor for their manuscript. 

If a writer is happy with the editor's work, they are usually just as happy with the editor. 

If you would like to see if our styles match, please don't hesitate to contact me via the "Let's Connect" section on my webiste at www.iamediting.com 

Jul 12, 8:16AM EDT0
Do you get many requests from people wanting to edit their cover letters and resumes?
Jul 11, 8:35PM EDT0

Good Morning Mirjana! 

Yes, I get plenty!!! And I love doing them!!! 

Every person who I have done a resume and/or cover letter for has landed either an interview or been offered a job! 

It is truly a wonderful feeling to know that you have been instrumental in helping someone advance. 

There are people who have gotten jobs that had not worked in months. It is one of the most fulfilling services that I offer. 

If you know anyone who could benefit, please direct them to my website at www.iamediting.com and have them fill out a form on the "Let's Connect" section. 

Jul 12, 8:02AM EDT0
You mentioned 4 fundamental processes involved in editing. Which one do you enjoy the most and why?
Jul 11, 7:53PM EDT0

Hi Dolly! 

Wow. What a question! 

I guess I would say that the developmental editing is the part that I most enjoy because I get to work directly with the author to make their project come to life. 

It truly is a beautiful thing when an editor can turn a literary dream into a published reality. 

Thank you so much for your question! 

Jul 11, 8:06PM EDT0
Do you do sample edits? What genres do you edit? What don't you edit?
Jul 11, 3:13AM EDT0

Hi! 

I most certainly do. Sample edits are an excellent way for you to get a feel for the editing style of the editor you may use. 

We edit fiction (urban and contemporary), romance, self-help,  self-improvement, christian, and memoirs. 

There really isn't any genre that we do not edit. If you are currently working on a project, please feel free to visit the website at www.iamediting.com and fill out a form in the "Let's Connect" section. 

You can also visit my page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ia.m.editing.com/

I would love to connect with you. 

Jul 11, 4:45PM EDT0
What is your typical process for working with an author? How does one prepare a document to send to you?
Jul 10, 4:06PM EDT0

Hi Ivan! 

So, here we go: 

The editing services that may be provided are as follows: 

  • Spelling 
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Developmental Editing
  • Line Editing 
  • Copy Editing 
  • Book Formatting

Once you communicate which of the aforementioned services you will need, you will then submit a sample of the manuscript for editing.

We generally ask that it be submitted via Microsoft Word so that we can both use the track changes feature.   

If you choose to use I A.M. Editing, Ink, a quote will be generated based on the services that are selected and the complexity of the manuscript.

Once you agree on the quote, a contract will be given to you for your review that will include deadlines, payment schedules, and nondisclosure terms. 

I hope that this answers all of your questions. I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Please feel free to visit my website at www.iamediting.com

Jul 11, 4:52PM EDT1
Do you provide publishing assistance?
Jul 10, 1:52PM EDT0

Thank you so much for your question, Ranaxp! 

I provide self-publishing assistance. I am not currently affiliated with a  publishing company. 

I have actually have been told by some of clients that have used a publishing company before that they find they were able to make more of a profit self-publishing than with traditional publishing. 

In the end, it all depends on comfortability. 

Please feel free to ask me any other questions you may have. 

Jul 11, 5:17PM EDT0
What are some tips on editing a manuscript for publication?
Jul 10, 7:42AM EDT0

Excellent question! 

Rule #1: Do not fill your book with fluff. Some peopole have this idea that a book should be a certain amount of pages. You should concentrate on making sure that it is filled with substance. 

Rule #2: Read your work aloud. You will be surprised how many errors and awkard phrases you will find. 

Rule #3: Take your time. While we are all human, we want to publish books that are free of error. Make sure that you give yourself enough time to read through your manuscript a few times. Have some of your editor friends review it for you as well. 

Rule #4: Step into the shoes of your characters. When you mentally become the character, it becomes easier to make them more authentic. 

I hope that this has helped. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask. 

Jul 11, 5:27PM EDT0
What’s the difference between a manuscript critique and a comprehensive edit?
Jul 9, 8:12PM EDT1

Hi Aleksandr! Awesome question! 

A manuscript critique is nothing more than a general overview of your manuscript in its entirety. The critic will basically read the entire manuscript and will ensure that the plot, the characters that you chose, and the story line all work together. If (s)he agrees that it does, you can then make the decision about publishing. 

A comprehensive edit is when an editor is taking grammar, spelling, awkward phrasing, punctuation and other things that are typically taken care of during the line editing process. 

It is very possible to have a manuscript that receives an amazing critique, but is full of spelling and grammatical errors. 

It my opinion, it is never a bad idea for authors to invest in both if it is financially feasible. 

Jul 10, 9:35AM EDT1
What is the timeframe for an edit?
Jul 9, 1:23PM EDT1

Good Afternoon! Thank you so much for your questions. 

There really is no set formula that is used to determine how long it will take to edit any project. Even if the word count is the same, the skill level could be different. 

The length of time is generally contingent on how many words there are and what services are selected. 

Obviously, editing a book would be more tedious than editing an essay. So the type of project also has a lot to do with the turnaround time. 

Jul 9, 2:14PM EDT1
What’s your editing process?
Jul 9, 12:15PM EDT1

Thank you so much for your question! 

The rates for the manuscript are dependent upon the services that are contracted. The editing services that may be provided are as follows: 

  • Spelling 
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Sentence Restructuring
  • Developmental Editing
  • Line Editing 
  • Copy Editing 
  • Content Suggestion
  • Book Formatting 

The range for the rates is $1.50 - $2.50 per 100 words and depends on the complexity of the manuscript. Please note that the cost of $2.50 per 100 words also includes proofreading as well as your first and second drafts. 

If you submit your manuscript for review, a quote will be generated based on the services that are selected and the complexity of the manuscript.

I will always do a sample edit if it is requested.

If you agree on the quote, a contract will be given to you for your review that will include deadlines, payments for the deposit as well as for the services provided, and nondisclosure terms. 

Jul 9, 2:21PM EDT1
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