Editing is an important part of the publishing process but what exactly does it involve? Editing actually involves three different stages—developmental, copy, and proofreading—though some of these are repeated depending on the needs of the manuscript. Editors work with everyone from authors to publishers. But what can an author expect when working with an editor? If you’re a first-time author or just wanting to learn more about what an editor does, this post will briefly run through the three basic editing stages for a manuscript.