bone witch v2 copyAwesome article just in time for the Bone Witch edit.

CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD

Following on from last week’s very popular guest post, Why Hire An Editor?, Robert Doran, editorial director at Kazoo Independent Publishing Services, is back today to tell us about structural editing. While copyediting and proofreading are absolute musts, I don’t think a self-publisher’s money is always put to best use by getting a structural edit for their book. So today Robert gives us some tips on, first of all, what a structural edit is, and secondly, what we can do ourselves to ensure our book is structurally sound. Welcome back, Robert!

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Structurally Sound

Structural editing (sometimes called developmental editing or substantive editing) is the most complex and time-consuming stage of the editorial process. As a result it’s also the most expensive. Nevertheless a structural edit is something that most manuscripts can benefit greatly from. So what’s a self-publisher to do?

I know you’re expecting me to say, ‘Hire an…

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Thea Atkinson is a writer of character driven fiction.

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  1. Alana Woods says:

    Good post, Thea. I’ve just linked to it on my Facebook page.

  2. I agree that a good writing group can help with structure. My group reads sections that I am struggling with as well as whole manuscripts. We are honest with each other when there is a structural flaw and are vicious about hanging threads.

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