I have finished the third draft of my novella, Murder at Midnight: A Portia Andrade Mystery and it is in the hands of the first group of readers.  I was wondering what should my next steps include - a professional editorial evaluation or a copy edit?  I'm not sure what the difference is.  Also since this isn't a full length novel more of a very long short story, should I pay for the bells and whistles?  Any advice would be appreciated.

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Teicha - There are many different steps in the editing process.  My recommendation is that you find an editor that can provide you with a critque and then a developmental and line or copy edit.  I would also recommend having at least 2 sets of eyes read/edit your book.  My 2nd novel is currently in the editing process.  Thus far I have received my critique and this is where the manuscript is read and checked for proper character development and just to make sure that the story flows and makes sense.  I received some suggested changes or things I need to develop more or explain.  Once I made my edits it is not with the editor where is is undergoing a copy/line edit.  Once this is completed and I review the suggested changes it will go to someone completely different for a final proofread.   It's a very lengthy and expensive process.  I hope this helps.  If you have any other questions feel free to email me at AuthorTerriD@gmail.com

Wow, what did I get myself into!?

lol it is a lot of work and it's not cheap.  I wish you much success and luck as you continue in the process. 

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