The Importance of Editing Your Work
Editing is not only a process of ensuring proper grammar, syntax, and punctuation (copy editing), but also involves content editing to ensure the work is coherent and readable to your audience. It is advisable to have the text undergo proofreading after editing to ensure a clean text. These editing processes are sometimes handled by different individuals. Although the process can sometimes be quarrelsome, and typically lengthy, in the end it produces a much better and marketable work. The time for editing is ideally prior to typesetting as substantial alterations to the work may require fully re-typesetting the text. Good editing services are not inexpensive, with most professional editors and proofreaders charging by word count. Other editing requirements advisable for authors and business professionals are the editing of correspondence such as query letters, submission letters and synopses. Correspondence with agents, publishers and distributors is critical to your success and it is imperative that your initial presentation is professional.
Lafayette & Greene does not offer full manuscript editing or proofreading services, but highly recommend that any work is professionally edited prior to submission for publication or before sending the work to a publisher or agent. We do offer materials editing services for query letters, submission letters and synopses. In addition, our experts can copy edit the first several pages of a manuscript that the author includes in queries and submissions. An author has one chance to make an impression on an agent or publisher with their submission materials. It is therefore critical for those materials to be as professional and clear as possible. Attention to these details can make all the difference between the request for a read and being placed in the discard pile. See how Lafayette & Greene can assist you in your materials editing needs.