Content editing. Line editing. Developmental editing.
So, what exactly is editing?
My job as an editor is to guide a writing project from rough first draft to polished final draft, and I offer support with the various parts of that process.
Copyediting addresses the technical quality of the text, and includes correcting spelling, punctuation, grammar, and language use. It also involves checking cross-references and preparing a style sheet to ensure consistency of style preferences throughout the manuscript.
Content editing, Line editing, and Substantive editing are terms often used interchangeably. This type of editing works at the sentence and paragraph level to address the writing style and use of language, and to improve the creative quality of the content. It can involve making significant changes to a manuscript, such as rewriting and reorganizing the text.
Developmental editing is a process of close supportive collaboration between writer and editor, beginning with the writer’s initial concept or draft, and proceeding with the intention to create a finished product that will speak for itself or stand out in the marketplace.
Whatever level of editing a text needs, my primary focus as an editor is to remain loyal to the writer’s voice. That means honoring the personality and the character behind the words, and recognizing the quirks that make each writer unique. Sometimes that means ‘breaking the rules’ and I’m willing to do that to honor the writer’s authentic voice.
I work with several editorial styles, including The Chicago Manual of Style, The Associated Press Stylebook and MLA (Modern Language Association) Style.
I don't subcontract work to outside editors. From the first consultation to the final draft, my client works exclusively with me.