You’ve got something to say. You’re pretty sure there are people who want to hear it.
Question: how do you get your message across in a clear, reputation-enhancing way?
Answer: you hire a copy-editor to work with you. She cracks out the red pen and before you can say “I don’t believe in Oxford commas,” your writing is sparkling with professional expertise.
Types of editing
You can choose any of these editing types, or we can work out which would best suit your project.
Proofreading is the underpinning of copy-editing.
The proofreader scours your work for spelling and grammatical errors (yes, even the ones that Microsoft Word hasn’t got the hang of) and corrects them for you.
FC // proofreading process
Print out the writing. Studies indicate that proofreading on paper is more accurate than trying to spot errors on-screen. My own experience suggests the same.
Mark up the errors. (Using British Standard marks, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.)
Make changes in document. Highlighting the proofing marks on the paper copy as I go.
Check changes. Going through the highlighted changes and making sure none were missed.Ask about proofreading
Line editing assesses the copy as a whole, making improvements where necessary.
It means that the editor scans for awkwardly-phrased sentences, consistency in tone, strength of argument and so on. Basically, it boosts your content up a few levels.
FC // line editing includes
All proofreading checks, plus:
- Sentence structure and tone
- Clarity and strength of message
- Accuracy of claims
- Formatting improvement and consistency
Fact checking means checking sources and altering incorrect information.
If you’re happy with the quality of writing but want to be doubly sure of accuracy, fact checking could be the right choice.
FC // fact checking includes
- Checking or finding sources for objective claims (e.g. statistics, historical references)
- Confirming contact information and hyperlinks
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