Editing and proofreading isn’t just about commas and semicolons (although it is a lot of that).
It’s about getting the message out.
A good editor will focus on what the writer needs.
A good editor will make sure a piece of writing fulfils its purpose.
Here’s some information about what you can expect from the different levels of editing:
- proofreading – a final check of your text, to spot any errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax
- copyediting – to ensure the message in your text is complete, accurate and consistent
- substantive (structural) editing – an extensive edit to improve the text by clarifying meaning, suggesting structural changes and working with the language used
Access Editing offers proofreading, copyediting and substantive editing, as well as:
- plain English rewriting
- referencing and citations
- document navigation.
Each edited document is returned with editing notes – which is a list of style decisions and explanations of editing suggestions.
As an IPED Accredited Editor, I work to the Australian Standards for Editing Practice. The standards contain more information about the different tasks offered by editors.
To request an editing brief for your project, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Jane Aylen on 0412 286 677.