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.
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.