TYPES OF EDITING
You’ve no doubt seen this list of the different types of editing:
- Line Editing
- Mechanical Editing
- Substantive Editing
- Developmental Editing
- Critique (Critical Analysis)
Setting aside Mechanical Editing because that refers to following either The Chicago Manual of Style or The Associated Press Style when required, I incorporate all the others when I’m working on a project. I believe that they are inextricably linked and it is impossible to do just one without the others. My eye catches all errors and I think it is limiting to categorize the editing process.
I have created a unique editing style. I am an Editing Cartographer in that I map out the material as a whole piece. I can see when a sentence, paragraph, or even a chapter should be moved or deleted. I will note inconsistencies such as a character saying something and later contradicting it. Perhaps a prologue and an epilogue are needed for clarity.
I look at every detail. Did you inadvertently use two identical adjectives too close together? Did you remember to italicize a character’s thoughts instead of using quotation marks? Perhaps another word would be more impactful than the one you chose to describe a character’s reaction. Are you consistent with your tenses? Do your nouns agree with your verbs?
FIRST TIME READER/BETA READER:
If you’ve finished your project, it’s advisable to have a professional read it before publication. I will be your “fresh eyes” to give feedback and suggestions, and one last edit for errors.
I can write just about anything you have in mind. Have you had a bad experience with a business or doctor and want to write a complaint letter, but you don’t have time? I specialize in complaint letters. Do you want to write a letter to your paper’s editor? I can do that for you.
If you don’t have the time to write certain sections of your project, I can ghostwrite them for you. I will always keep your vision, and write in your voice.
Have you finished your work, but are dizzy from proofing it a million times? Sometimes you can look at something so many times, you can’t see your own mistakes. I can be your fresh eyes, and proofread it one last time.
Proofreading is like breathing to me. I find myself doing it with everything I read. e.g., I was driving and saw a digital sign that said, “DRIVE SAFE.” I screamed “S-A-F-E-L-Y! IT’S AN ADVERB! S-A-F-E-L-Y!!!” I find errors in published books, articles, advertisements, and websites. I even found two errors on a product label. It’s a good thing I love to proofread, and I’ll be happy to do it for you.
TRANSCRIBING & WORD PROCESSING (I type 75 wpm):
If you’ve written your project on actual paper using a pen, I can type it for you on a computer.
Attention Business Owners: If you have a manual or document that needs to be updated or combined with a different document, I can do that for you.