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Manuscript Line Editing and Copyediting

Publishers, Literary Agents Love Polished Writing

Manuscript line editing is a valuable tool for a book author before submitting a manuscript to publishers. Publishers and literary agents look for polished writing, strong content, and little need for copyediting in all manuscripts they take on, so it is worth investing in good manuscript line editing to perfect your work before showing it to publishers or literary agents. Literary agents themselves should never charge you a fee for copyediting – this is unethical.
Manuscript line editing involves submitting an author’s manuscript – completed novel, nonfiction book proposal, academic article or textbook, etc. – to a freelancer who specializes in manuscript line editing. He or she will help the author create the polished writing, original content, plot and character that publishers and literary agents want in today’s competitive book marketplace. Copyediting once done by publishers or literary agents is no longer a worthwhile investment for them, so more and more authors are seeking manuscript line editing from freelance sources to start the copyediting process on their own. In fact, publishers and literary agents will often suggest that an author use freelance manuscript line editing upon rejecting a manuscript.
Copyediting and manuscript line editing – including ensuring polished writing and strong content, eliminating inconsistencies, and clarifying plot and character – should not interfere with or change the author’s voice. So it is important for an author to communicate with the professional doing the manuscript line editing to establish that they are on the same page. Manuscript line editing can make publishers and literary agents stand up and take notice of highly polished writing!

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