PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 21, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Arnoud Fioole
, an amateur writer and outdoor adventurer, is active in the Boulder, Colorado, writing community. He understands that editing, which is of paramount importance, is just as critical for authors as writing a manuscript. According to an article on the Huffington Post, editing is full of myths that many struggling authors believe.
"Editing is a rigorous process that only the best authors can handle," Arnoud Fioole says. "Though I haven't published any major works as of yet, I instruct an elementary school workshop and try to teach my students good editing principles so one day they will be able to publish their own work, whether it's a short story, a chapbook of poems, or a full length novel."
According to the article, the first myth of editing is that good writers do not need editors. It is true that writers often forgo editors when it comes to self-publication, low-grade publishing houses, and e-publishing, but the article says that readers pick up on and are more affected by errors than authors. The entire process is never-ending, though there comes an eventual point where a manuscript is looked over enough to consider "complete." The goal of editing is to make a manuscript as professional as possible, one of the main selling points when getting a book published.
There are many different types of editors out there; some look at grammar, others contextual style and underlying themes. Developmental editors, according to the article, help authors craft manuscripts. They may look at plot, character development, and style. Line editors, otherwise known as substantive or "surgical" editors, usually do not work side by side with the author. Line editors comb through manuscripts looking for typographical and formatting errors. Copy editors, according to the article, concentrate on a writer's style in order to ensure the manuscript is consistent and easy to read. Proofreaders are often the last people to look over a manuscript; they look for spelling errors, grammar mistakes, and general consistency.
"Every book or project requires a different type of editor," Arnoud Fioole says. "Some writers do more editing than others as well, though every writer should be proud enough of their original work before sending it off to an editor."
Fioole believes that the writing process should take up a quarter of the editing time; he says serious authors constantly make changes in terms of style, point of view, plot, grammar, tense, and other manuscript-related aspects in order to make it as good as possible. When an author is 100 pages in and decides to switch up the point of view, for example, it takes hours to make sure tenses agree and the revised manuscript reads like it was meant for the new point of view.
The article says that there are plenty of myths out there about editors and authors who believe they are all the same and a waste of time. However, the piece also touches on several "truths" about most editors; for instance, editors love books and authors and can help writers tailor manuscripts into marketable work. Arnoud Fioole teaches his students that writing is an individual endeavor; it takes collaboration, time, and teamwork.
Writer Arnoud Fioole
strongly argues in favor for the editing process. He has written several manuscripts and has taken the appropriate amount of time to make them readable, though he still finds errors and inconsistencies. Fioole teaches his students that editing is just as important as writing.