Every client and project is different, so it may be challenging to fit your exact needs into a neat category. If you’re not sure what you need, reach out. Let’s talk about it!
You’ll have the opportunity to share your work—or a representative sample. (Your work is always confidential.) I can then assess the level of complexity of the task to produce a quote for you to consider. Finally, we’ll decide if we can make great things happen together.
Undertaken with style guide, dictionary, usage guide, and thesaurus in hand, copyediting corrects spelling, grammar, mechanics, and usage issues; smooths awkward sentence structure; ensures consistency in formatting; points out structural and organizational problems; and sometimes includes light fact checking. When appropriate, a style sheet can be generated for accuracy and consistency throughout the publishing process.
Developmental editing addresses the big picture, whether it is assessing a rough draft or revamping a “finished” manuscript. The process strengthens a piece by addressing inconsistencies in voice and tone, fixing structural or organizational issues, and improving content. Developmental editing supports the writer’s voice and vision but also serves the audience in appeal and readability.
Content Editing and Reviewing
Content editing and reviewing (as defined here) applies specifically to educational materials. The process ensures that teaching and learning tools are pedagogically sound. Projects could include editing materials for correctness, clarity, and conciseness; assessing sets of materials for completeness in their coverage of key concepts; and tweaking materials to appropriate levels of difficulty and depth for various grade levels.
The last step in the editorial process, proofreading is the correcting or marking of digital or print copy to identify errors that were introduced in readying the final document for publication or that remain after copyediting.
Writing is the use of compiled notes, research, interviews, and other information to generate written products, such as white papers, biographical sketches, journal articles, and learning materials.
Some projects require more than one type of editorial service. For instance, an author’s work may require copyediting for a polished product, then a proofreading after the manuscript has been laid out for print. In such instances, each level of service is considered a separate task that is agreed upon with its own conditions and specifications.