How To Determine If Your Work Needs Formatting or Production Editing

Ask yourself these questions:

1. Is my work complete? I need no changes to theme, plot, or wording.

2. Has my work been copy edited?

3. Do I feel that my work is almost ready for publication?

4. Will I be self publishing? Will I be sending my work to an agent or publication house?

5. Does my book need to be formatted for an electronic reader?

6. Does my piece need…

  • Correct fonts
  • Consistent margins
  • Set page numbers or other reference guides
  • Chapter headings
  • Design in front, body, or back matter

If you answered yes to any of the questions in the list above, you would benefit from formatting.

Formatting or Production Editing
Production editing is the look of your piece. A trained eye can see the difference in font changes, too many spaces, and incorrect margins. In order to be accepted for a read by an agent or publication company, you must follow certain formatting guidelines. While a publisher may or may not design your manuscript, you want to have your piece presented in the best possible light.  If you are self-publishing, a production editor will work with the writer to choose a style for your piece that conveys the visual message you would like your reader to instantly receive. At Pencil Edits, we offer a complete design of the inside material of your book. We work closely with the author to achieve the author’s visual concept of the book and transform a word document into a formatted book. The author will receive a print/production ready file of the inside book material (minus cover design) that can be used at a printer or self-publishing house.


“I never made a mistake in grammar but one in my life and as soon as I done it I seen it.”
-Carl Sandburg