Editing? Print it out!

Did you know that editing and copy editing are two different things? Check out the two definitions provided through the online dictionary.

editingprepare (written material) for publication by correcting, condensing, or otherwise modifying it.

copy editingedit (text to be printed) by checking its consistency and accuracy.

They sound similar, but editing is more about the big picture and making large alterations while copying editing is checking all the little pieces for minor corrections. Learn more by reading “Difference Between Editing and Copyediting” on Editage.

So if you need editing for a book, make sure you know whether you need copy editing or actual editing before you hire an editor. Maybe you need help with the big picture, or maybe you only need someone to check the accuracy of your work.

In any case, I thought I was in the copy editing phase of Beginner’s Guide to Surviving a Math Class, but I realized, once I printed out my manuscript, I am still only in the editing phase of the book. I keep thinking of things I need to add! Even whole chapters.

My advice to you, if you are writing a book, is definitely review a printed copy at some point. The printed copy is probably the best way to see the bigger picture and how all the little pieces fit together. If you don’t have a printer at home, then consider ordering a hard copy through a local printing service. It will be well worth the money!

And while I am adding content to my second book, perhaps you have something to add as well. Here are the chapters I am including so far:

  • Planning Ahead
  • Opening Your Mind
  • Studying Smart
  • Using a Textbook
  • Learning the Big Ideas
  • Showing Your Work
  • Solving Problems
  • Asking for Help
  • Testing Strategies
  • Learning Math Remotely
  • Avoiding Burnout

If you were going to buy my book for a math class, can you think of anything else you would need that may not be included in these chapters? If you can, please reply to this blog with your ideas or send me a message through my Connect page. Thanks so much for your help!

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