Copy editing (‘copyediting’) and proofreading services are essential elements in the production of a book, and any form of written content.
A copyeditor with a background in creative fiction and creative non-fiction writing will be able to clean and comb down your manuscript—while at the same time upgrading the quality and feel of the work. A copyeditor is brought onto a project to assure a manuscript reads as best it can to another person, especially to a literary agent or publisher.
A good copyeditor will be able to add that sheen to the finish that turns the document into a professional manuscript, one that is ready for submission to literary agencies and publishing houses, and for this reason, even bestselling published authors will always work with a copyeditor, or their—editor.
Working with an editor is the most essential relationship an aspiring author can enter into. The ability of the editor to enhance and upgrade (rather than change the authors voice, tone, and story), mirrors the skills needed to work as a ghostwriter. A good ghostwriter is someone who is observant, intuitive, detailed, and creative. They are able to ‘actively listen’. These skills are essential for an editor also—along with total confidence, experience, and, ideally, formal education in the English language.
The job of the copyeditor is to increase the standard of the manuscript and increase its professional quality.