the editing process. First there's the editorial letter. This one sets forth the editor's evaluation of the manuscript--the plot, the characters, what's good and what needs to be fixed. It may be followed by a chocolate binge on the part of the writer, but it results in a revision of the original manuscript.
Then comes the line edit. This is where yet another editor (often one contracted by the publisher rather than on their permanent staff) reads through the revised manuscript for inconsistencies, poor syntax, awkwardly written sentences, etc. These may cause the writer to say, "Oh, that helps," or might bring forth, "Why are they trying to rewrite my work?"
The last is a galley edit, and there the focus is on typos and small things not picked up on prior edits. This is the last step before publication of the book.
Authors almost always complain that editors meddle with their writing, some more than others. But editors have a tough task. Monday night's episode of one of my favorite TV shows, Mike and Molly, gave me an idea that I'd like to share with you.
Molly has decided she wants to be a writer, and like most writers, she's having a crisis of faith. She tells her mother-in-law she spent hours on one sentence, trying to get it right. Molly mentions the sentence, and her MIL immediately suggests a version that's better.
So, now you're the editor. Here's the sentence (I don't have it exactly, but you'll get the idea): She stood by thinking silently.
You can't use several sentences to do this, just one. How would you change it? Please leave your answer in the comments. (And if enough people comment, there might be a prize for the best version).
Come back Tuesday for my own thoughts and comments (and maybe that prize we were talking about).
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