Once my novel passed the content review at Abbott it was time to move into editorial review. This is something Abbott does with all novels to evaluate whether or not they need editing of any kind. While it may seem a bit intimidating to some, this is a feature about Abbott that I love. To me it speaks volumes about the quality of novel they want to publish, and how successful they want the author to be. It took a little less than two weeks for my novel to get through editorial review, and I'm thrilled to say it made it with flying colors and even praise. By the time I go on vacation next month on the 9th of July my novel should be moving into the design stage! Again with the nausea, but good nausea. :)
When your novel is through editorial review they send it back to you with notes on anything they feel could use improvement. They also give you a sample edit of about three pages and let you know what level of editing they feel your work could use, if any. If you like their editing then you can go with them but they also welcome you to either make the changes yourself, use your own editor, or move on with the novel as it is if you so prefer. However, if they recommend that your novel needs editing and you don't do it then you not only hurt your novel's chances of success, but you also hurt your chances of obtaining the mark of quality.
At this point you'll need to decide whether or not you're going to have editing done, if it is recommended. If you have the editing done by Abbott the time frame will depend on the level of editing they recommend. It could take as few as two weeks to complete and get back to you, or it could take twice as long. Don't forget to add to that timeframe the amount of time it will take you to make the recommended changes and polishing. Next up is the design stage and marketing which I'll be sharing in a few weeks. To learn more about freelance editors, and for a few great recommendations on some, click here.