Editing

The best editors are like environmentally-conscious travellers: they respect and preserve the beauty of the author’s original work, and leave no discernible trace of their intervention.

A professional editor can eliminate errors, identify issues with structure and narrative flow, and can improve clarity without compromising meaning.

As an Accredited Editor and member of Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd), I can offer help with copyediting, structural editing, and proofreading.

Copyediting

A copyeditor’s job is to make your text clear, concise, and consistent. This usually involves correcting spelling, punctuation and grammar, checking terminology and jargon, and following the appropriate style guide. 

A copyedit involves a detailed review of your document, correcting:

  • spelling and grammar
  • punctuation
  • appropriateness of language
  • consistency of terminology and style
  • clarity
  • overall presentation

Structural Editing

Structural editing improves the flow and narrative logic of a text.  A structural edit will identify and remove unnecessary repetitions as well as contradictions, ambiguities and redundancies.

Structural editing is similar to copyediting but, as the name suggests, involves a more wide-ranging review of the content to make fundamental changes to the overall structure. A structural edit involves a detailed review of your document, identifying and remedying any issues with:

  • narrative flow
  • heading hierarchy
  • appropriateness of language
  • relevance of content
  • overall format and presentation

Proofreading

Proofreading provides a quality assurance check by finding and correcting errors in the final draft of your document. This might be spelling mistakes, grammatical errors or a failure to apply the house style. It is a final quality-control check before your document goes to print.