Types of Editing

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Everyone defines the types or levels of editing a little differently. 

That's because they can overlap quite a bit. 

In fact, most of our editing jobs don't fit neatly into one type.  

And that can be super confusing if you're not used to working with editors. 


The descriptions below are our take on four main types of editing: developmental, substantive, copy editing, and proofreading. But rest assured, we work with our clients to assess their needs and create editing plans that lead to success. Just let us know if you have any questions.



DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING

Plan and Evaluate

Always begin a new project with a plan. 

We  help you decide what you want and how to get it. 

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CLARIFIES: 

Goals

Audience

Content

Mode/Type of media



SUBSTANTIVE EDITING

Edit and Rewrite 

Drafting is how so-so writing becomes strong writing. 

We edit and rewrite your project so it says what you want, the way you want.

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STRENGTHENS:  

Content

Structure

Style

Audience Accessibility  



COPY EDITING

Review

This is what most people think of when they say "edit." 

We read and repair your project so it is clear, understandable, and fluid.

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ADRESSES:

Clarity

Consistency

Coherence

Grammar and Mechanics



PROOFREADING

Final Check

Little errors detract from a great product.

We carefully review your finished project so it has no superficial writing or layout problems.

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CHECKS: 

Typos

Spelling 

Punctuation

Spacing and Format




WHAT CAN WE HELP YOU DO?