CHOICES... Do you want an editor or proofreader?
An editor helps clarify your writing. Here are some definitions to help you make the choice on the level of editing that is right for you.
EDITOR – Examines text with the purpose of improving word flow, suggesting contextual changes to provide clarity where there is confusion, and maintaining proper style, point-of-view and organization of content are all a part of editing services. Your text is reviewed for consistency and clarity, and an honest opinion is offered on how a specific audience might react to your work.
Editing usually requires the freedom to omit entire sentences and rewrite entire paragraphs. It doesn’t necessarily involve proofreading. However, obvious grammatical errors are usually corrected during the editing process. Unnecessary wordiness is also modified, and potential issues are brought to the attention of the writer.
A document which has been edited still needs to be
proofread, as editing and proofreading are not the same things. Editing helps
assure that a document is logical.
It corrects structural and organizational problems. Items corrected in editing include: wordiness and ambiguity; unnecessary and/or awkward sentences, paragraphs, or pages; inappropriate or poor word choice; faulty organization; passive voice; and tone.
Editing takes a significant amount of time and effort. Isn’t your great work worth a great editor? If you should choose me as your editor, you will receive quality editing and exceptional service.
PROOFREADER – Corrects spelling, syntax, grammar, punctuation, formatting, and obvious errors, such as the unintentional use of there when it is clear the correct word is their. Proofreading occurs later in the writing process, usually just after the final editing and before the final draft that will be presented for publication.
A proofreader is a final set of eyes and usually communicates with the publisher rather than with the author (unless he or she is self-publishing). In proofreading, I look for language errors only. Any slighting awkward but not incorrect phrasing will be left alone. If you are self-publishing, this service is appropriate to check the page proofs you receive from the printer. Proofreading page proofs also involves attention to issues of typography and final layout such as ensuring optimal word breaks at the end of a line.
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