As much as writers despise clichés and trying hard not to use one, an old adage on writing and writers had stayed this far: A good editor is a writer's closest ally.
Today's writers may have longed for the good old days every time they hear legendary stories about famous writers and their equally-famous editors. Those were the days, indeed.
However, the realities in the writing business have not changed much (writers need editors), only the circumstances. Today, there are editorial services.
For the ordinary reader, seeing and reading errors in a publication are distracting. It might be inconsistencies in content, style, format or even the standard use of English.
For a writer, those writing errors are mortal sins that are definitely unforgivable. Even publications that are published daily (and whose deadline schedules are mini-visions of hell) are expected to come out with a paper free of terrible grammar and cleaned of misplaced commas and missing periods at the very least.
But today's editors in magazines and publishing houses simply do not have time anymore to deal with the nitty-gritty of a written piece. According to stories (sadly confirmed by almost all editors), discovery of even one single writing mistake on the first pages of the manuscript will send those sheaf of papers directly to the trash can.
In a perfect world, everyone wants to see and read a beautifully-written and carefully edited piece. The piece sparkles with the message its author wants to convey to the world. The editor is satisfied and wants it in her publication. End of myth.
Today, the need for free-lance editors by writers is getting more and more urgent. Whatever the type of written piece, a professional editor can help businesses, organizations, and authors improve the quality of their written work.
From works of fiction, proposals, reports, articles and non-fiction books, the editor strives to produce the best possible manuscript worthy of publication. At the publishing end, editors know that a professionally-edited piece is a better read (or stress-free, at least) than a masterpiece full of literary gunk.
Some editorial service groups have a full range of editing and writing services. They include such aspects as extensive manuscript reworking all the way to copy-editing sometimes.
A typical manuscript undergoes through a series of three editing stages: developmental editing, substantive editing and copy editing. Those manuscripts slated for publication may undergo production editing.
A typical manuscript passes through three editing stages: developmental editing, substantive and copy editing.
Developmental editors work with materials that are not yet in manuscript form. Work includes drafts, outlines, and notes. The writer would provide the content, the editor guides the form.
Manuscript editors deal with completed manuscripts assessing them for style, tone, structure, logic and accuracy. In an effort to eliminate weaknesses and enhance the strengths of the book, they might suggest reorganization of the written piece, eliminate wordiness, put in transitions and write summaries.
In a busy world such as today, writers will have to find their editors from these editorial services. Hopefully, they shall be able to polish those ordinary written pieces into literary diamonds.