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Types of Edits

Keaneja
Sat, 28 Jul 2018 14:10:02 GMT

If you can only afford one type of edit (developmental, line by line or proofreading ) which one should I pick before submitting to publishers/agents?

jlpark
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:41:05 GMT

I"m looking at line editing, as they can pick up if you are overusing certain phrases, but I can't afford any of them at the moment!

JoJoMO
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:56:25 GMT

Hm, that's a tough one! Though I'd say avoid proofreading as, unless it's a final draft, that can be a bit of a waste (if things change grammatical issues etc., can get introduced and another round of proofreading would be necessary). If it's your first time having someone look at it, or even someone professional, developmental is probably the way to go. An agent or publisher is probably more likely to pick up something that has a great story/well developed characters etc. (all things you'd get feedback on with developmental edits) but needs a bit of a polish, than something that looks and sounds nice but has more inherent issues. In a typical format, developmental edits come first, line edits second, proofreading last. That's my advice at least!

Keaneja
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:33:02 GMT

Thanks everyone for your comments. They're very helpful.