With each manuscript I edit for my clients, I include three rounds of line editing and a final proofread. Also, I include a style sheet which goes into detail on more repetitive issues that are affecting the overall flow and structure of the manuscript. Additionally, I insert suggestive comments throughout the manuscript that would enhance the tone of the author’s voice. I take the responsibility of producing a final manuscript free of careless typos, grammar gaffes, and formatting flaws extremely serious. However, when the author is more in a hurry to go to print than they’re concerned about perfecting their work-in-progress, then all of my work as an editor is in vain.
That’s right, folks. The author has a poignant responsibility during the editing process. If an author is hastily moving toward the printing presses, but isn't focused on reviewing, addressing, and/or correcting the quirks plainly spelled out by the editor, the end result of a sloppily produced book cannot be charged to the editor alone. One thing I love about my clientele is that they've learned to take the editing process just as serious as I do. There’s usually next to no pressure placed upon me to rush through a manuscript, and I encourage them to take their time to perform an in-depth review of my revisions and suggestions. There should be a decent window of space between the time the editor sends the manuscript back to the author and the author returns it back to the editor.