An editor, what’s that?

An editor, what’s that?

Hey hey! It’s Amani. The Ghostwriter. The Freelance Editor. I love for my writers to be well-equipped when publishing their babies. But better than equipped, I want them to be wise. I harp on the importance of getting their manuscripts professionally edited. So, let’s discuss the types of editors for when the time is right. Knowing what you need will help save resources and time. Writing and publishing can be expensive and timely. No need to add to that.

Types of editors for publications

In Newspapers and Magazines-

Editor-In-Chief: Controls the content, look, and tone of a publication-normally a magazine or newspaper.

Managing Editor: Operates under a senior editor to control content either by telling writers what topics to cover, writing the content themselves, and creating catchy headlines.

Copy Editor: Checks facts, grammar, punctuation, and protects the publication from acts of plagiarism.


For Publishing Companies

Acquisitions Editor: This editor seeks and develops new talent. They also receive the manuscripts from agents and work with the author to maximize the strengths of the piece.

Developmental Editor: Works with the writer from the beginning stages of the book and ensures that it meets the expectations of the market/audience.

Copy/Manuscript Editor: This editor makes sure the format and style of the book meet the publisher’s criteria.

Proofreader: Normally the last set of eyes to review the manuscript prior to publication to make a final sweep to find errors.

Freelance Editors: Works for self and provides any editing service for the client.

Substantive Editor: This editor is very important to the content of the work and coaches with story lines, character development, structure, and plot.

Ghostwriter: Helps the author to write or writes the entire manuscript with the author’s guidance.


As you can see, there are different roles for editors. All are meant to bring out the best in a publication’s content and structure. It is important to know what is needed and communicate if effectively.

Many limit editors to grammar and punctuation. There is so much more to it than that.

My favorite parts of editing are similar to my favorite parts of being a writer. I love helping writers bring out the best in their story, their characters. I like assisting them in shaping the story, and as a reader, telling them what I believe other readers would like out of the story. I urge them to be creative and tell their stories in ways other writers don’t. Trendset.

Welp, that’s all folks! Signing off for the night as your friendly editor, Amani J!



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