Title: The Shadow’s Heart
Author: KJ Taylor
Client: HarperCollins Publisher Australia
Brief: Structural edit followed by copy edit
Job: The structural edit was done first to take care of some of the “big picture” aspects relating to the plot. This meant it primarily took the form of a report, with only a little mark-up on the manuscript itself. The author then completed another draft of the manuscript before the copy edit, focusing more closely on language, punctuation and grammar, was begun.
In this way, any suggestions and queries that could result in major rewrites, or that required careful reweaving of plot strands, could be undertaken before any hands-on editing – thus avoiding double-handling and also keeping the edit manageable for the author.