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Hi. How much writing/rewriting does an editor do when it comes to manuscripts? Are they there to just guide the author's original idea, or to change it? Thanks

There is no set "how much" of editing and rewriting is required to edit a manuscript properly.

It all depends on the quality of the writer.

Is the writer well-educated and writes almost near-perfect? A seasoned writer? Or a beginner? Does the writer know proper grammar, proper sentence structure, passive voice versus aggressive voice? There are variables to consider.

A beginning writer will make many, many mistakes and require a lot of extensive editing.

A seasoned writer will not. It will be "cutting the fat" and detailed editing to improve the book, not correct "mistakes."

It is not a guide.

There are no guides.

If you misspell, the spell checker will catch it, unless you've written "there" to mean "their" and spellings such as those. If it's sentence structure, it only catches some and not all.

There isn't any built-in method of content and proper and quality placement of the plot and subplots.

Actually Danielle, if you have to ask that question, then you are a beginner and do not yet know all the mechanics of writing. That is okay, every writer begins at the beginning.

I suggest in order to learn the answers to proper editing and all it entails, to join an Online writers group/workshop.

There are paid ones and free ones.

More seasoned writers can assist you in critiquing your work and to learn by those suggestions through your mistakes.

You will learn invaluable information about writing and as a result, learn how to edit properly as you go.

Good luck.

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I am a published writer, Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing, specializing in novel writing, and creative writing. I can answer most any question concerning writing a book, plot and characterization, tighten the prose, and the editing process, and help advise with publishing and the requirements of obtaining a literary agent.


I'm a published writer, freelancer, and Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing for my two Online writer workshops.

Sisters In Crime Internet Chapter, The Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Brazos Writers Group.

Writers Post Journal magazine, May 2006 issue, Augusr 2006 issue, Nov/December 2006 issue and soon in 2008, On A Whim, flash fiction anthology, offered in Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.

Some college, creative writing, fiction writing

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