You’ve finished your manuscript, had it professionally edited and proofread, you’ve been through it front to back and back to front, and it’s ready to go…almost. One final thing you’ll want to do is a quick polishing, or what I like to call a Final Pass. You can either do this final pass step yourself or have it done by a professional. This last minute check looks for common errors that may have been missed during one of the previous rounds of edits, especially if at any point you’ve gone in and made some tweaks.
If you're nearing the end of your first draft, you may be thinking about hiring an editor. But what level of editing does your manuscript need?
As an editor, I get many requests for proofreading simply because writers are choosing the least expensive option (and understandably so!). However, each level of editing addresses a different aspect of your writing, so it's important to understand the differences before making a decision.