THE EDITING STAGES
It's just like baking a cake.
This won't be like the other books you've started and never finished. You've got a brilliant idea and have decided to carry it out. At this stage, you'll be creating your synopsis, breaking your story into acts, establishing your themes, and describing your primary and secondary characters.
Not many editors offer outline feedback, but this is something I love to do because it's the spine. The bare bones. And creating that solid foundation right away makes the writing process THAT much easier.
You've poured your heart out onto the page, but it's not quite the polished piece you want it to be. In fact, you're questioning whether it sounds like a book at all. In an evaluation, you'll receive an overview/report of plot structure, character development, and dialogue; in a dev. edit, you'll gain deeper insight into each of these elements.
Substantive (Line) Editing
No stone shall be left unturned. Line by line, your substantive editor will help transform your manuscript into the magnum opus you’ve envisioned, paying close attention to tone, flow, clarity, prose, and dialogue.
[Getting the Texture Just Right]
This step is all about ensuring your manuscript is error-free. Your copyeditor will take a look at grammar, punctuation, spelling, and syntax, ensuring consistency in style.
[Icing on the Cake]
This means you're at the last stage of the writing process. You've had it perfected by an editor and are ready to take the last, defining steps before it goes to print. Expect a thorough read-through of your novel with detailed grammar, punctuation, and formatting checks, in case anything's been missed in the previous stage.