Why do I need an editor?
It’s all too easy to miss errors in our written work. It may be something as simple as a typo or as complex as the grammatical structure of a sentence. An editor will ensure that your piece of writing has been thoroughly checked to remove errors, and you can select from several different levels of editing according to your needs. Here’s a basic explanation of some of the types available:
This is a light form of editing that will pick up minor errors of grammar, spelling, style, punctuation, capitalization and word usage. The editor will be looking at individual words and will not provide feedback on story structure, plot, characters, etc. This may be a suitable level of editing for an experienced writer.
As above, but with a more in-depth look at the manuscript to ensure it is a well-structured, coherent piece of writing. Copy editing may pick up factual errors or possible legal issues with your writing.
Substantive (developmental) editing
This is a comprehensive edit looking at all aspects of your manuscript. In addition to the services mentioned above, the editor will check structure, organization, coherence and consistency. They may add or remove content or rewrite large sections if they consider it necessary. Substantive editing is recommended for those who are new to writing.