1. a. To prepare (written material) for publication or presentation, as by correcting, revising, or adapting.
b. To prepare an edition of for publication: edit a collection of short stories.
c. To modify or adapt so as to make suitable or acceptable: edited her remarks for presentation to a younger audience.
2. To supervise the publication of (a newspaper or magazine, for example).
3. To assemble the components of (a film or soundtrack, for example), as by cutting and splicing.
4. To eliminate; delete: edited the best scene out.
What a good editor has...
- It takes extensive knowledge of English grammar.
- Deleting- sometimes entire sections
- Weeding out all the filler words, "ly," "ing," and passive sentences
- A good eye both narrow and broad
There are different types of editing...
- Developmental- outlines, drafts, content, organizational, rewriting
- Substantive- overall clarity and accuracy, readability, and reorganization of paragraphs
- Copyediting- spelling and grammar, consistent style and format, and cross checking references
- Proofreading- typographical errors
The key is don't feel as an indie author you have to go it alone. Ask or pay for help. If you pay for help, check the editors' history and background. Nobody is an expert in all areas. Even professional editors make mistakes or have an off-day. If you are getting the services for free, be patient. Not everyone is on your time schedule. Wouldn't you want them to be thorough and slow rather than quick and miss something?