How long does an edit take?

How much time should I allow for editing?

How long does an edit take? That depends. Basically, the length of an edit depends on three things:

  • the manuscript word count
  • the type of editing required and
  • the amount of work or level of editing input needed to bring a manuscript to publishing or submission standard.

How long does an edit take?A rough guide to editing time frames

How long does an edit take?

Development editing takes place over a longer period of time. This is to allow for author resubmissions after each developmental edit pass has been completed. How many developmental edits and resubmissions are necessary? Again, that depends on each individual manuscript. Some manuscripts need only one. Some need more. Certainly, you should allow yourself at least 5-6 months for this stage of the process.

Copy-editing: as a rough guideline, copy-editing a full length novel (about 90,000) in good shape normally takes anywhere from 3 to 5 weeks.

Proofreading can be done more quickly, but you should factor in a turnaround time of at least 2 to 3 weeks for the proofread to be completed.

Top tip

Remember to check your editor’s availability long before your manuscript is ready for editing. Many editors book out their schedules months in advance. This is particularly true if an editor comes with excellent word-of-mouth recommendations. So make sure you check in with them and book your editing slot well in advance of your publishing or submission date.

Contact Book Nanny to discuss availability and your editing schedule.

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