STEP THREE: Let go of perfection. Don’t edit or revise too much as you go along.
Some authors feel that everything should be absolutely perfect before it can be submitted. This is absolutely not the case.
- Every Cognella text will go through copyediting by a professional copyeditor. The role of the copyeditor is to catch and correct every spelling, mechanical, syntactical, and grammatical error in the manuscript. The copyeditor will also make sure everything aligns with the style guideline that’s been selected for your book (Chicago Manual of Style, APA, etc.). If you’re not certain which style you’ll be using or you’d like to request a specific style, please discuss with your project editor as early as possible.
- Copyeditors are experts in their field. You can trust your copyeditor to do great work regarding your project. If you must, you can give your submission—whether it be a chapter or a full manuscript—one quick polish. Anything else will take time away from continuing to develop content. Focus on your content. Once the book is done, let the copyeditor take care of the final polishing. You will have the chance to review and approve all of the copyeditor’s suggestions. It’s important to remember that your copyeditor will not be an expert in your content area, so their work will focus on grammar, mechanics, and style guidelines for things such as citations.
- Some authors spend so much time polishing one chapter that they don’t move ahead with the next! Unless you are making major content changes, save rewriting and revising until late in the process. Even small edits can be a waste of time if that particular sentence or paragraph is cut when you finalize your manuscript.