One of the most important parts of the writing process is editing. It doesn’t matter how good your writing skills are, no one can write a perfect first draft. Great editing ensures great writing.
There are generally two types of ‘editing’ – copyediting and proofreading. They are both important, but not all written work requires the more fulsome editing process. Sometimes proofreading is enough.
Editing (or copyediting)
A copy editor is your partner in publication. In this role, I will make sure your writing is telling the ‘story’ in the best way possible by focussing on both the small details and the big picture. This includes:
- checking and correcting grammar, spelling, syntax and punctuation;
- analysing word usage and sentence structure;
- checking for technical consistency in all aspects of the document (including spelling, capitalisation, numerals, hyphenation, pagination etc.);
- checking for continuity errors;
- performing a facts check where necessary; and
- ensuring the ‘story’ is consistent, cohesive, correct and complete.
Proofreading generally happens after a piece of writing has undergone a full copyedit and is in its ‘final’ form. This is a quality assurance measure, more than anything else. While it does include light editing, a proofread is not a full edit. Here is what it does include:
- checking for consistency;
- checking cross-references if any;
- checking and correcting punctuation and spelling;
- checking and correcting capitalisation;
- looking for typos; and
- checking final version formatting.
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