How to Prepare Your Final Non-Fiction Draft for Your Editor- Part 1

The following questions are things you want to have a fairly firm answer before shopping for an editor. These are structural questions and not content questions. When shopping for an editor these are the kinds of questions they will ask and you will want to be prepared to answer.  Nothing makes you feel more like the ninth grader who is not prepared for an oral quiz then not having a good answer on the details about your own work.

  1.             What is the estimated word count for the entire work?
  2.              Will the work be paperback or hardcover?
  3.              Will you have an index?
  4.             What deadline are you working toward for the completed work/edit of the draft? 
  5.             What deadline are you working toward for completion of all revisions?
  6.             How many charts, tables, graphics, etc will be sent ? 
  7.             Do you have citations and references? If so, what style will you wish to employ? 
  8.             Will you have footnotes? 
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2 Responses to How to Prepare Your Final Non-Fiction Draft for Your Editor- Part 1

  1. locusbooks says:

    Is it essential to know whether it will be a hardback or paperback novel? Isn’t that decided by the publisher when they accept your manuscript? At any rate, I don’t see how that particular question would affect the editing of the manuscript! Just curious 🙂

    L.

  2. Author’s should “see” their book as they envision it in printed form. Not all books get published by authors through the traditional publishing methods. Some authors elect to self-publish. When one hires an editor to prepare the manuscript so it in the appropriate shape to make the rounds with agents or to be tendered for publication as a self-published work, these are the kinds of things one should have clear in their own mind when talking to a content editor. Not all content editors will have the same “vision” for the book that you the author have for the final product.
    I hope that answers your question!

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