Editing Stages for an Indie Author

Editing Stages for an Indie Author

“The first draft is black and white. Editing gives the story color.”

Emma Hill

Hey lovelies

Now in my previous post about beta readers being the secret to success, I briefly mentioned editors.

An editor is the next person (after you) who spends a lot of time with your manuscript. If you are even considering self-publishing then you NEED an editor. This is something you don’t want to skimp on — TRUST ME.

Now, I’m going to break down the different editing stages that I have come across:

Developmental Edit

A developmental edit focuses on the structure and content of your work. It will ensure that the manuscript is headed in the right direction and if it isn’t, they will help you find that direction — this generally means the place that would keep a reader hooked.

This stage is where things like inconsistency with the tone of work and unclear statements are picked up.

This may be the first stage of edits as it is like a breakdown of the manuscript.


This stage involves thoroughly checking and correcting mistakes. At this stage, your manuscript, having passed through the developmental stage would be in a better position.

This stage is just like a quick checklist, following the work from the developmental edit.


Then obviously you have proofreading.

Just quickly checking your work to ensure all the T’s are crossed and all the i’s dotted.

It is there to check for all those small mistakes you don’t want to see after print (because they would make you so angry haha)

So having gone through all those stages, your work is in a much better position than it was before. It would have evolved and developed so much that you may not even recognise it.

But obviously the benefit of being self-published is that you have ultimate creative control over everything so you don’t have to change something you don’t want to.

Alright, have a good day 🙂