Editing

As an editor, my job is to improve your writing so it can better serve your goals and needs. You and I will discuss your project, what your purpose and target audience are, and what style conventions are appropriate. Together we will determine the proper editorial service option for you.  The options described here are just general categories; the exact service you get will be tailored specifically to your requirements.

Proofreading is the last stage of text preparation after a piece of writing has been thoroughly fact-checked and copyedited. The point is to catch and fix any incontrovertible errors left in an otherwise “final” copy.  Read More...

Copyediting conforms the text (the “copy”) to standard rules and conventions of grammar, syntax, word usage, spelling, and punctuation, as well as checking for consistency of style and formatting.   Read More…

Substantive Editing  improves the overall quality of your writing by making sure it is not only technically correct, but also lucid and effective for your purposes.   Read More…

Content Editing helps you formulate and develop your idea and arguments, as well as helping you present them in the most effective way.  Read More…

Developmental Editing is a comprehensive document/ manuscript consulting service “from the ground up.”  Read More…

Miscellaneous Editing services

  • Research evaluation: comprehensive analysis of the quality and validity of your research, including source checking, fact checking, and, in some cases, the validity of your specific use of the source.
  • Source checking: due diligence on the currentness, relevance, and appropriateness of your sources.
  • Fact checking:  verify the correct dates and other objective facts stated in the document; check spellings of proper names.
  • Summaries and Abstracts: checking introductions, summaries and other abstracts of content to ensure they accurately reflect the source material.
  • Citation format conformance/style application: If needed, I will apply a formal style or citation format that you specify or that we agree upon, such as Chicago, AP, Bluebook (for legal writing), or your “house-style”.

Customized Proofreading

Sometimes you need your work checked for conformance to a specific set of requirements.  Tell me your specifications. Most likely I can accommodate you.  Some typical examples:

  • Compare a document to a marked-up template or older version
  • Check a revised draft for accuracy after a global change
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