Getting novels and non-fiction books into print
A fresh pair of eyes, a respectful yet plain-speaking outside observer can reveal and highlight what friends and family often cannot – or dare not – when it comes to a cherished fiction or non-fiction manuscript. Sometimes the original work is transformed over the course of the editorial process.
The editor can see through to the diamond that glimmers within the raw MS, and can supply the author with the cutting tools that will enable him or her to clear away extraneous matter, then reshape and facet the treasure that is not yet shining in all its potential brilliance. (This will normally be in the form of a more or less detailed editorial report.) Then, when this cutting and re-angling work is done, the editor takes up the tools to polish the diamond, to buff it and beautify it and smooth away any remaining rough edges (by copyediting the MS). This subtle collaborative support process can often make the difference between failure and success.