Copy editing is something that all authors should invest in. It might seem difficult to change large sections of your manuscript, especially if you've worked hard on it for months, or to trust an editor with your creation, but there is little doubt it is a very important step.
Very rarely is one round of editing enough. Usually, a manuscript goes through two, three, many rounds of editing, each one with a different purpose. One round will be where the dramatic changes are made and spelling errors are amended, with another focussing on formatting. Of course, with each round of editing doing a different job, it helps to have a different perspective for each one.
This might sound like something out of a horror book but when I am editing, I have three 'heads'. One is the 'author' head, another is the 'editor' head, and last but not least, the 'reader' head. Each of these has its own purpose and specific area of the novel to look at. For example, the 'reader' head will look at the manuscript as a member of the public; is it something I would read? Can I relate to the characters? And so on.
Getting a different view on your work before you send it to publishers or release it yourself is vital. Your friends and family can be great starting points, however it is definitely worth considering getting someone you do not know to give their views or help with editing. After all, your readers will be mostly strangers!
Copy editors can do more than just read through your manuscript and amend those hidden errors you may have missed whilst going through your own personal editing. To find out what else they can do, check out this video.
If you would like know more about how my three editing 'heads' can help improve your manuscript, send me a message through the Contact page.