Working with a manuscript editor for the first time can be as scary as getting naked in front of someone! You're exposing a different, and likely equally private, part of yourself. But it's also an exciting step towards improving your writing, making your manuscript the best it can be, and getting it ready for submission. Here are some things to keep in mind when working with a manuscript editor for the first time:
- Communication is key: Make sure to establish clear communication with your editor before you begin working together. Discuss your goals, expectations, and any concerns you have. Establishing a good working relationship with your editor is crucial to a successful collaboration.
- Be open to feedback: Your editor is there to help you improve your writing, so be open to their feedback. Remember that criticism of your work is not a criticism of you as a writer. Keep an open mind and be willing to make changes that will improve your manuscript.
- Understand the editing process: There are different types of editing, including developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. Each type of editing focuses on different aspects of the manuscript. Make sure you understand what type of editing your manuscript needs right now and what your editor will be doing.
- Respect your editor's expertise: Your editor is a professional who has the expertise to help you improve your writing. Trust their judgment and rely on their experience to guide you through the editing process.
- Be prepared for the time commitment: Editing can be a time-consuming process, and you may need to revise your manuscript multiple times before it's ready for publication. Be prepared to put in the time and effort required to make your manuscript the best it can be.
- Remember that it's a collaborative process: your editor is there to help you achieve your goals. Work together to make your manuscript the best it can be, and remember that your editor is on your side.
Working with a manuscript editor can be a valuable experience that will help you improve your writing. Give us a call if you're ready to expose yourself ;)