Types Of Editors

Editors are very important employees of book publishing companies. They usually work alongside the author in order to make sure their novel is the best it can be before its release. There are several different types of editors, each with their own unique roles.

Acquisitions Editor

These editors seek out new writers who they think would be a good fit for the publishing company. Their goal is to find work that will prove to be popular. This could involve persuading the head of publishing to accept the author. Acquisitions editors receive a large number of submissions from hopeful new authors and their agents. Therefore a bulk amount of their time is spent separating unworthy and good pieces of literature.

Developmental Editor

Developmental editors have a more creative role. They help the writer to make their work as good as possible. This can include asking for multiple drafts and offering changes ideas. If important topics outside of the author’s knowledge needs to be included, the developmental editor will guide them through it. They need to be good writers themselves as well as being knowledgeable.

Copy Editor

These editors look at the finished book and make sure there are no mistakes in terms of spelling and grammar. They may also do fact-checking to ensure there are no errors in terms of information and logic. In some cases, they will offer alternative words to replace the ones written by the author. They tend to analyse the work in terms of how the readers will respond to it.


Proofreaders share many of the same tasks as the copy editor. They are the final employee to look at the finished work before it is published properly. Whilst the proofreader is not usually referred to as an editor their role crosses over with jobs usually reserved for editors.