- having a story that constantly switches points of view to the extent that we don’t know who the novel is really about;
- cluttering up an 80,000-word ms. with dozens of superfluous characters simply for the joy of exercising your imagination;
- not identifying the key themes or events to occur your novel, thereby creating a work that could be about ten different things, with none seeming more important than the next;
- inserting plotlines or themes or characters that seem important at first but then just fade out, to be replaced by another.
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- Substantive editing to help you shape that plot stuff I was talking about and keep an eye out for those nasty issues that can creep in. We can help you develop your characters, express your theme, all that stuff. This is a very valuable step to take, because it gets you off on the right foot in early drafts. Waiting till after your tenth draft to ask for outside help … not so good.
- You may have a great story but are weak in the technical areas of writing. In that case, your editor can polish and copy edit your work for you. This is a great step to take because your submission will be as professional as possible when you send it. There’s no room for error.
- Editors with suitable experience can help you with your submissions and all that entails: the query letters, the synopses — whatever agents and publishers can ask for. Or;
- If you are self-publishing, an editor can help you choose the best way to get that done, the most affordable way that gets you the best bang for your buck. An experienced editor can give you best advice to make sure you print the right amount of copies, market your ebook, get a great cover done, all that good stuff.