How to Work With Your Editor in Word, Using Track Changes.

Updated: May 1, 2019

I was an administrative assistant and, later, a paralegal before becoming a freelance editor. Because of my administrative experience, I assumed everyone knew about track changes and how to collaborate using the system. It was after I thoroughly edited a client's manuscript and sent it back to her that I discovered this was not the case. Needless to say, it was a teaching moment for me as an editor.


Many editors work on manuscripts in word format using track changes. With the not-so-recent introduction of Google Docs, some editors, including myself, are adding it to our list of collaborative systems. Authors assume that once they turn over their manuscript to an editor, their work is done and they can expect a cleaned up manuscript ready for publication. However, this is not how it works. Editing a manuscript is a collaborative effort between an author and their editor. Thankfully, it's becoming an easier process, thanks to the introduction of document sharing tools and software.


To ease you into the editing process here at The Brielle Agency, I have put together a tutorial which you can download and study for a better understanding of what to do when your editor returns your manuscript to you with their markings/changes and comments. I hope you find it useful.





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