Copyediting vs Line Editing vs Proofreading with Savannah J. Frierson

We’ve discussed editing before. Let’s dig in a little deeper. What is the difference between the various steps of editing? Do you know? Do you need someone different to do each step? Can you skip any of the steps?

Honestly, we know these are the questions that all self-published authors have when they first begin. Because the thing is, you have a story that you want to tell and, of course, you think it’s the bestest story ever, right. 

You don’t need (or want) anyone messing up your work. But also, you don’t want anyone changing the story that you want to tell. 

The first time I had a rejection letter from a publisher, I remember my heart sinking. But now, when I go back and think about it, I think, wow, I sent that in to a publisher. What was I thinking?

I sent in an unedited manuscript that mimicked what I read from authors who came before me. My voice wasn’t even clearly developed in the work I sent out because I don’t think I really knew what that truly meant.

I’m of the opinion that having a team helps you develop a stronger clearer voice and, eventually, you tell better stories.

Let’s dig in with my friend Savannah J. Frierson to discuss the steps of editing, and then you tell us, if you think you need an editor anywhere along the way to help you tell your story.