Kevin gave out the first copy-editing job. An extract with no grammar. I had to enter all of the punctuation – full stops, commas, hyphenation, speech marks, new paragraphs and capitalisation.
After this quick practice, we were given the first few pages of a Bluemoose book, The Less Than Perfect Legend of Donna Creosote. This manuscript was an unedited first draft.
This is quite eye-opening in terms of realising that every writer has different tones and styles. When an editor receives a manuscript for the first time, the editor must make a decision that if, there is a lot of work to be done, if they think the story is worth it.
By maintaining a good relationship with the author (this reinforces the importance of this) this allows you to work together and the author will be willing to re-draft and work as a team with good communication. Therefore, creating a better product at the end.
Whilst editing these few pages, it was a realisation of how much work needs to be done in some situations. If you really like the book then this makes the job worth the effort and time put into it.
Value of Copy Editing – American Press Institute
What is Copy Editing – Writers Services
Myths and Truths – The Huffington Post