Copy editing is a vital component of the writing journey and it is essential that any manuscript (MS) that is due to be submitted to potential publishers, has been through the copy editing process. A strong copy edit will mean that your manuscript is free from spelling and grammar errors and is also the best it can possibly be. A copy edit could mean the difference between a publishing deal and going back to the drawing board/notepad!
Copy editing is much more than a proof read, it allows for the manuscript to be viewed in depth, as a whole, which in turn means the copy editor can identify any inconsistencies in the storyline, edit any weak sentences, or suggest ways in which the manuscript can be improved. If a writer is lucky enough to get through the first phase of a publishing house’s selection process, the second phase is generally to submit the full manuscript. If an editor opens a manuscript and finds that the pages are not formatted correctly, or there are spelling mistakes within the opening chapter, then they are likely not to continue reading, even if the content and ideas within the remainder of the manuscript are great. It’s for this reason that I can’t stress the importance of editing enough. Writers who do not copy edit, or do not call upon a professional to complete their copy edit, run the risk of submitting a substandard manuscript, and when competition to be part of a publisher’s list is so great, this is a lazy mistake to make.
Put your manuscript through the copy editing process today.