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Lucy O'Callaghan

Lucy O’Callaghan

The three main types of editing are structural, copy editing and proofreading but editors often do other edits too. It’s important to do these edits one stage at a time and it’s advisable to put your work to one side for a period of time before making a start. This distance gives you fresh eyes on your story. I have put together some articles and podcasts that explain these types of editing and more.

  1. Types of Editing: An Inside Look at What Editors Do (

Editors are a writer’s best friend. They have the skills, experience, and knowledge to take your manuscript to the next level. However, not all editors do the same job and it’s important to understand what type of editing your project needs at any given stage. This article from Reedsy briefly discusses the different types of editing: editorial assessment, developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, and fact-checking.

  1. What Are the 6 Different Types of Editing? – Scribe Media

This article from Scribe Media discusses 6 different types of editing. These include developmental editing, evaluation (structural) editing, content editing. Line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. It tells us that while you might be able to do some of these edits yourself, employing an editor to do the copy editing and proofreading is helpful if you aren’t qualified yourself. Copyeditors catch all the mistakes the author missed, and proofreaders catch all the mistakes the copyeditor missed.

  1. 5 Types of Editing: Which Is Best for Your Writing? – 2023 – MasterClass

Editing is the stage between writing and publishing, and it is vital. Masterclass discusses both the different types of editors and editing. The 5 different types of editing discussed are developmental, structural, line, copy, and proofreading. These are often thought of as stages in the editorial process. A piece of writing begins in the more extensive editing phases and progresses to lighter and lighter edits. The kind of editing that is required depends on the piece of writing and how far along it is in the writing process. There are also links for to read more in-depth about the different editing stages.

  1. What Are the 6 Different Types of Editing? – Writer’s Digest (

Before you start looking for an editor, it’s essential to know what kind of editing you need for your manuscript. Tiffany Yates breaks down 6 different types of editing: developmental, overview edit, line edits, sensitivity edit, copy edit, and proofread. While a sensitivity edit is not strictly speaking an edit, it is becoming an increasingly popular service involving a professional reader who is an expert or has a personal background in an area of the story that the author may not have. These may be used to ensure accuracy and avoid stereotypes or mischaracterisations readers may find offensive.

  1. Novel Editing 101: A Comprehensive Guide to Perfecting Your Manuscript (

Editing is an essential part of the writing process. Whether you are a seasoned author or a first-time novelist, editing your work is crucial for tuning your manuscript into a polished and professionally written piece of literature. This article is a comprehensive guide to editing. It covers how to prepare your manuscript for editing and talks you through key steps to follow when editing your novel before moving on to discuss the different types of editing. It covers what to keep in mind when working with an editor, and if you are planning on doing some of the editing yourself, it shares self-editing techniques and common mistakes to avoid when editing.

  1. Writing Tips: How To Self-Edit Your Novel With Kris Spisak | The Creative Penn

Writing a first draft is only the initial step in the journey to creating a novel. The next step is editing and, in this episode, Kris Spisak talks about the different kinds of editing, as well as tips for your self-editing process.

  1. Your Next Draft Podcast | Alice Sudlow, Editor

This podcast has lots of episodes about editing to dive into. Each week, Alice shares quick, actionable strategies you can use right away to edit your book.

  1. Fiction Writing Made Easy: #73: The 4 Phases of Editing: How to Revise Your Novel on Apple Podcasts

This episode of Fiction Made Easy talks about how to edit your messy first draft without getting overwhelmed.

Writing your story is only the beginning of the path to being published. Whether you are doing it alone or employing someone to help you, editing takes time and patience. But remember each step is a step to making your story a better piece of writing. I hope this week’s column has been useful for you. Please get in touch if you have any topics you would like me to cover.

(c) Lucy O’Callaghan

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About the author

Writing since she was a child, Lucy penned her first story with her father called Arthur’s Arm, at the ripe old age of eight. She has been writing ever since. Inspired by her father’s love of the written word and her mother’s encouragement through a constant supply of wonderful stationary, she wrote short stories for her young children, which they subsequently illustrated.
A self-confessed people watcher, stories that happen to real people have always fascinated her and this motivated her move to writing contemporary women’s fiction. Her writing has been described as pacy, human, moving and very real.
Lucy has been part of a local writing group for over ten years and has taken creative writing classes with Paul McVeigh, Jamie O’Connell and Curtis Brown Creative. She truly found her tribe when she joined Writer’s Ink in May 2020. Experienced in beta reading and critiquing, she is currently editing and polishing her debut novel, The Lies Beneath – to be published by Poolbeg in April 2024.
Follow her on Instagram: lucy.ocallaghan.31. Facebook and Twitter: @LucyCOCallaghan

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