Last week I wrote a post about editing for your agent, the point being listen to them because they have experience and insight into the publishing world. I failed to mention anything about the process, which I was immensely curious about before I got an agent, so here goes.
1) The Big Picture Edit. The first step in editing for your agent, they will give you a general rundown of what they think is good about your manuscript, and what they think isn’t working. For example, they may say to get to a certain event faster to help with pacing, or to flesh out supporting characters. This is all big picture stuff that you will have to deal with before submission.
2) The Closer Look Edit. After you work out some of the bigger problems (if any) your agent will review your manuscript and make additional suggestions. Most people use track changes. This is more of the hands on edit, where your agent will make specific suggestions on how to improve your novel. This step may be repeated several times as your manuscript progresses.
3) The Line Edit. This is exactly what it sounds like. The agent will check your manuscript line by line for typos or mistakes. This is done only after all the kinks have been worked out. This is the final step before submission.
So there you have it, if you were curious. This is generally how it goes if you have an editorial agent. If you have an agent who submits your work as it is, they’ll still do the line edit, just to check for typos. No agent will submit your manuscript to publishers without doing a final review, if they want to then that’s a red flag.
Right now I’m at step two and have submitted my second rewrite to my agent. If it needs more work I’ll repeat the closer look edit, if not, it’s on to the line edit and then…submission, woohoo!
Tomorrow – About Writing YA – Word Choice