Editing and Proofreading

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Editing and proofreading are a crucial part of any writing. The overall process involves several stages to ensure that your writing is polished and professional.

Three main stages of editing

  1. Developmental editing. This stage focuses on the overall structure and content of your writing. It involves reviewing your work for clarity, coherence, and flow, and making suggestions for improvements to the structure and organisation.
  2. Copyediting. This stage focuses on the details of your writing, such as grammar, spelling, and punctuation. It involves reviewing your work for errors and inconsistencies, and making corrections to improve the readability and accuracy of your writing. We can also check for things like UK/US language.
  3. Proofreading. This stage is the final step in the publishing process, reviewing your work for any remaining errors or typos. It ensures that your writing is error-free, ready for you to publish or submit to publishers. Proofreading takes place after typesetting.

Each stage of editing is important and serves a specific purpose. Put simply, copyediting works on your raw text, before you format or publish your work. Proofreading works on edited, formatted text as the last stage in the process.

What if I can’t get editing and proofreading?

Sometimes authors, perhaps because of time or budget constraints, aren’t able to get professional input at every stage. In that case, you’d opt for a hybrid process called proof-editing. I would work with your book after you’ve formatted it, but at a deeper level than standard proofreading.

By following through the process of editing and proofreading your manuscript as far as possible, you can ensure that your writing is the best it can be. You’ll feel more confident that it meets the high standards you’ve set for yourself.

If you would like to know more about how I can help with your editing, contact me at this link.


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