The Book Editing Process
The Review Process
Next, you send the manuscript back to us for second editorial review. This is a different process from the above. Most self-publishing or independent book publishing companies only use a single editor. We want a new set of eyes on the manuscript as this next stage. Someone who looks deeper into the paragraphing, sentences, grammar, and spelling. Our copy editors will get into how you’re saying what you’re saying. During this process, we will correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Moreover, we will identify any inconsistencies and errors in language. Moreover, our book editors will go above and beyond their responsibilities. They step into the previous editor’s role and make recommendations on a structural level. This is likely going to endorse a previous recommendation, even one you dismissed. That’s another reason why we use a different editor at this stage. They will be even more objective to ensure your manuscript sings.
Now we reach a very important stage in not only the book editing process. Moreover, in the book publishing and marketing journey. This is where we encourage you to seek out beta reader reviews. Beta readers are volunteers who will read your book and provide feedback. They’re not substituting the role of the book editors. They are a fresh set of eyes and may spot a few things we have to review. When it comes to finding beta readers, we want people who are familiar with the subject or enjoy the genre. Ensure you give a firm time frame for them to get back to you. The reason being is that we will be continuing the book editing process while these reviews are happening.
Now back to the actual manuscript. Following the second edit, you are to review the changes and suggestions again. Send it back to us for the third and final stage of the formal book editing process. Proofreading. Yes, another new set of eyes goes through the manuscript. This time it is to pick up any final typos or errors before we sign off as ready for book formatting. There will be another opportunity for you to review the proofreading and still make changes once formatting is complete. Our team also does a final pass to ensure we pick up any niggling inconsistencies and errors.
All the book editors we use in the book publishing process are in Australia. So their focus will be on Australian/UK English. However, we do have international editors we call on when we are publishing for the US market. The costs are dependent on word count. As a guide; a 50,000-word manuscript is likely to cost you $1500AUD, as an estimate. This is through our comprehensive book editing process. A 100,000-word manuscript would be closer to $2900 and this is regardless of topic, genre or subject. Moreover, professional book publishing should always implement a comprehensive book editing process. Ocean Reeve Publishing does exactly that. Step above the self-publishing companies bare minimum and invest in quality book editing.