I’ve personally known Lorraine Fico-White for a while now, and serve with her on the board of directors of the Charlotte Writers’ Club. A professional editor, she discusses the role editors play in the writing process and how indies can make their books the best they can be.
1. Tell me about the editing services you provide.
I am a certified editor providing editing and proofreading services to authors. Authors contact me before they self-publish or send out query letters. I provide a free sample edit of the author’s work, evaluating the level of editing required and identifying ways to improve the manuscript’s marketability. I also assist authors in developing personal bios and summaries for the book cover, creating discussion questions, and critiquing query letters and synopses.
2. What’s the difference between editing and proofreading?
Proofreading identifies grammar, punctuation, spelling, and typographical errors as well as formatting inconsistencies. Basic copyediting includes proofreading in addition to ensuring content continuity, correct and effective word usage, and clarity of concepts.
Heavier editing includes basic copyediting tasks plus analyzing character and plot development, narrative flow, shifts in point of view, and organizational structure.
3. What role should the editor play in the writing process?
An editor assists the writer in making the book the best it can possibly be. A great working relationship between an author and editor is critical to the success of a book. A good editor will not change a writer’s voice, style or story. Instead, the editor offers a fresh, experienced perspective and respects the author’s work. All edits must be approved by the author.
4. For each editing project you take on, what is your overriding goal? In other words, what do you have in mind each time you look at a new manuscript or other writing?
My goal is to help authors achieve their goals. Whenever I review a manuscript, I am always looking for ways to improve its marketability. Errors and inconsistencies distract a reader, and the book could lose credibility. If a reader loses interest, he/she will not recommend the book to friends and will not purchase subsequent books by the same author.