We’re often asked, “Why do I need an editor?”
Regardless of how well you think you’ve organized your text or how well you think you write, spell, and punctuate, it’s wise to hire a second set of fresh eyes to ensure that your work is the best it can be. We provide diverse skills and services to help you at every stage of your writing process. Contact us today to get started.
Early in the Writing Process
Providing guidance on academic writing at any stage, including thesis and dissertation organization and editing.
Providing writers (of fiction or nonfiction) detailed strategies for improving structure, clarity, pacing, and more; helping to develop an idea into a book proposal and manuscript; suggesting revisions and/or rewriting.
Locating moving images and providing proper in-text citations for visual material from the movies, the Internet, and other sources.
Investigating in depth project-specific information.
Writing or helping to write an entire project from book proposal to manuscript, including developing the client’s source materials and conducting extensive interviews.
Providing feedback on a manuscript’s readiness for editing/publishing, including content organization and completeness; critiquing fiction for characterization, plot development, dialogue development, writing style, and more.
Locating high-quality images to illustrate text, video, or documentary; organizing visual materials for review.
Managing all aspects of a project from initial planning to production of a finished piece, including overseeing subcontractors who do editing, design, production, and printing.
Polishing copy for publication based on content supplied by the writer; reworking existing material for a new use or format.
During the Writing Process
Giving advice on content and presentation; editing text created by the author; guiding the author through the process.
Correcting grammar, punctuation, spelling, and word usage; ensuring clarity and flow of content; verifying callouts, headings, sequence, and adherence to style.
Verifying the accuracy of a document’s facts, such as personal names, place names, URLs, trademarks, and titles of works of art.
Tracking down copyright holders to obtain permission for use of copyrighted materials; negotiating payment terms for use; securing signed paperwork; keeping detailed records of transactions for client.
Editing scripts for online learning and presentations (webinar, WebEx, webcast, podcast), video presentations, TV, motion pictures.
Significantly revising a document for coherence, consistency, focus, and readability while maintaining the writer’s style and voice.
Editing technical content, such as online help, policies and procedures, instruction and training manuals, job descriptions, résumés, and meeting minutes; disciplines include medicine, law, engineering, science, IT, computers, finance, construction, manufacturing, and real estate.
Performing the standard copyediting tasks, plus editing the links, tags, and so on needed in a web-based language like HTML; may involve substantive editing and file format conversions.
Nearing Completion and More
Converting text and images from various source files, including PDF, Word, and InDesign, into EPUB and Kindle formats that can be readily uploaded to e-book publishers.
Checking proofs of material to ensure that there are no typos, spelling mistakes, typesetting errors/inconsistencies, or deviations from the designated style.
Designing and typesetting the layout of printed material so that the look of the material aligns with its tone and subject and provides an effortless reading experience.
Consulting on publishing options (traditional, self, and partner publishing) and processes.
Offering instruction in an editorial skill (for example, editing, proofreading, indexing).
Helping plan and organize writing—fiction or nonfiction; book, blog, or article—and offering analysis, solutions, and resources for maximizing strengths and minimizing weaknesses that can stand between you and your goals.