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25 November

What Is Editing

What is editing? What are the different levels of editing? With grateful thanks to Averill Buchanan and her colleagues at EPANI There are several different types of editorial work you can have done to your text (to confuse matters even more, UK and US/Canadian editors often use different terms to describe the same thing). Here are some of the main types of editorial work, listed in the order in which they follow in the publishing process: manuscript assessment (or critique or appraisal) development/structural editing copy-editing proofreading Manuscript assessment/critique/appraisal is a broad assessment of your manuscript by an experienced reader (often an author or editor) that gives the author objective, honest, constructive feedback. Typically, you will receive a report, ranging in length from two to twenty pages, giving an editorial overview of your manuscript, pointing out its weaknesses and strengths, any inconsistencies, where improvements can be made and offering advice on the best publishing route to take. The report will look broadly at things like structure, style, characterisation, pace, dialogue, etc. but the reader will not work on the text itself. Development editing (also called substantive, structural or heavy editing) is the most extensive (and expensive) type of editing. A development Read More
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06 October

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My Services There are several stages involved in the editing process, although not every author will need to use all of them. Often I will be approached by an author for proofreading, when what they really want – or need – is line-editing. For a summary of the different stages please click here [link to ‘What is Editing’ in Links & tips], but in brief the services I offer are: Line-editing or copy-editing – this is the process by which fresh text is prepared for publication. It involves a word by word thorough reading in order to correct issues with grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, repetition, tense, style, flow, word or phrase overuse, and appropriate vocabulary Proofreading – the final stage before publication. Corrects typos, spelling, layout, pagination etc For copy writing, please visit the website of my sister business wordsintomotion.co.uk My charges vary according to the complexity of the project, and it would be virtually impossible to give even a ball-park figure here. However, my charges are in line withSfEP guidelines which are given as an hourly rate. I can also quote per one thousand words, which is sometimes easier to understand. I always ask for a 50% deposit. My Read More
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