That there are several different categories of editing required at various stages in the writing process, and that each editor uses a different terminology to define these categories, means that the whole process of working out what sort of attention your manuscript really needs becomes a little foggy, to say the least.
With this handy graphic, however, I hope to help make matters a little clearer. Not all editors offer all of these services and certainly their remits may alter slightly, but I'm sure all would agree this basic summarisation adequately covers the three fundamental editorial stages.
Currently, my own services extend to the Sculpt and Polish stages, but I do however provide manuscript reviews - also known as critiques or evaluations - which can help to uncover some of the areas a Build-stage editor would attend to.
Most editors will provide a free sample appraisal in order to help you make a final decision. If your manuscript is nearing - or has reached - completion and you'd like me to take a look at a sample, please forward it via my Contact Page and I'll get back to you within 48 hours with my thoughts and guidance.
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