Editing Children's Literature
Many a writer of children's literature has felt that since their story is just 800 words self-editing is fine. However, my view is that a second set of eyes never hurts. And if just one errant comma or apostrophe or typo is caught before publication, well, hallelujah.
Bad punctuation can break hearts...
"I'm sorry I love you." versus "I'm sorry. I love you."
Many teachers, parents, and librarians who purchase books for kids will ditch a book for a single typo, or a grammatical error. After all, little knowledge-sponges that they are, their children are learning to read. So let's start them off right.
Oftentimes, grammar checking software like Grammarly can come in handy to catch any commonly used, but incorrect vernacular, that has slipped into your story. These include words such as irregardless instead of regardless, drug instead of dragged, I could care less instead of I couldn't care less...
When it comes to spelling however, there are many oversights as this poem illustrates. Read the whole thing here.
"Let's eat grandma." versus "Let's eat, Grandma."
It's preferable for your editor to have a specialty in children's literature, not essential, but preferable. Often, your editor will bring more to the manuscript than spelling and grammar. They may offer insightful advice on plot, timing, characterization, consistency, and more.