I work with clients on a number of levels, from initial brainstorming to copyediting to last-minute quality checks. Here’s a quick summary of services I offer:
- Content or line editing. I help you shape the overall content and flow of the document or web page. I can also help rewrite existing text or flesh out ideas if needed. At this level we take a big-picture, comprehensive look at what you’re saying and how you’re saying it.
- Copyediting. I help ensure that text is clear, concise, and grammatically correct, and that style choices are consistent. I maintain a full library of style guides, including The Associated Press Style Guide, The Chicago Manual of Style, The Yahoo! Style Guide (for web copy), and other resources, and also work with corporate style guides when requested.
- Proofreading. I check to ensure that typos, omissions, or spelling errors don’t spoil your carefully crafted content. I also do light fact-checking on some projects.
Note that the terms content editing (or line editing) and copyediting are often used synonymously. The point is that the higher level of editing looks at content, wording, and overall flow—not just the “mechanics” of grammar, punctuation, and style. It’s intense, focused editing that helps you write more effectively. Read more on line editing from my blog.
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