Often people seek out a copy-editor when they find it difficult to communicate what they want to say in writing, or they're concerned their message will not be received as intended.
A copy-editor helps to clarify and correct aspects within the writing that are misleading to readers, or become a barrier to reading on. They understand the functions of each word within the phrase, clause or sentence depending on whether the word is being used as a verb, noun, adjective, adverb, ..., etc.
Several suggested changes are made throughout the copy-editing process, including, but not limited to: grammar, tone, sentence organisation, and word choice. Errors found in copy are similar to errors of judgement. We don't intentionally make mistakes, they just happen (sometimes due to a lack of knowledge). But, it's okay. Good copy-editors do not judge the ability of the writer, they are simply there to bring out the best in the work for the satisfaction of the intended audience.
Making corrections to a document ensures the reader gains a meaningful understanding of the writing and that the intention of the document is fulfilled. The following areas my be addressed:
point of view,
wordy writing or vocabulary choices,
Further, a copy-editor will check facts and point out any inconsistencies across the body of work.
Contact email@example.com if you'd like to invest in the impression your documents leave on their readers. K-J strives to ensure your message is concise, clear, and understood. Her fees are reasonable, and your work and privacy will be respected at all times.
Website editing is a simple and cost effective approach to restoring your online impression with minimal inconvenience to you, or your customers.
The benefits gained for your customers include having a meaningful understanding of who you are, what you do, and how to make a purchase or contact you.
Whether you sell fruit and veges, offer classes, advertise your club, organisation, non-for-profit, or service, your website could be the first impression a potential customer sees.
K-J edits the website content along with the functionality of the website. Both are equally important to the impact your site has on your target market.
The following areas of your website will be serviced:
All page links are tested for accuracy, easibility and functionality.
Content is copyedited to ensure it makes sense, is clear, and is of appropriate length.
Your website is run in different browsers and at various screen resolutions.
Information, products, or services are checked for accuracy and consistency across the site.
The appearance of your website is assessed, including the style, feel, tone, and relevance to your target market.
Testing of interactive features like navigation and functionality is undertaken.
SEO keywords and tags are suggested to strengthen your website's Search Engine Optimisation.
All headers, titles, sub-titles, footers, and graphs are proofread.
When the website edit is complete, you will be provided with a feedback report outlining the suggested changes. At this stage, you can either implement these yourself, or hire K-J to complete this for you. Her intention is to leave you with an edited website that is meaningful to your readers and motivates a response.
Proofreading is essential. It is that last polish of your writing before the final draft is sent to the press for publication, or published online.
By having your work proofread you are saved from feelings of frustration and irritation, particularly when you find errors throughout your recently printed book, or when your helpful friend points out all the comma usage errors in your web-content.
Aarrh! If you appreciate clear and clean copy, K-J will help. She will find and amend those last minute errors to assist in preparing your document for its next juncture.
Proofreading involves checking and suggesting changes to the following:
Developmental editing is the insightful overview of a whole text that strengthens the foundations of a book or document. A developmental editor will assess the writing within the context of the whole manuscript. This inspection identifies inconsistencies and incongruities throughout the manuscript, and it is often beneficial in the earlier stages of writing, i.e. 2nd or 3rd draft.
This more in depth editing will further storylines, improve on the overall organisation and logic of the story arch, and clarify the text's strengths and weaknesses. We ask questions like, is the story world believable? Do the actions of each character make sense based on who they're portrayed to be through the characterisation? Is the text coherent and organised? Are the chapters in the correct order? Is the story's structure logical and does it build to the appropriate climax or conclusion?
In fiction manuscripts, areas of assessment include:
point of view,
sense of place,
consistency between character and plot.
Non-fiction manuscripts, articles, letters and documents differ to the needs within a fiction manuscript, however, needing to maintain a structurally sound narrative flow, remains. In non-fiction writing, factual accuracy is of the utmost importance, and a developmental editor will flag areas of concern to ensure the information presented by the writer is correct, and not fictional or plagiarised.
Developmental editing is helpful when a writer feels blocked or is struggling to bring their ideas together coherently. Although, Please note, this type of in-depth analysis can sometimes be unhelpful if the writer is still in the exciting stages of idea formulation and creative birthing. Respectfully, K-J prefers not to interfere during this stage.
Rather, if the writer feels blocked in the 1st draft stage, it is far better to find some delicious creative stimulation to provide the writer with the energy to carry on.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a creative writing exercise to inspire a return to your 1st draft manuscript.
SUBSTITUTE DAMN EVERY TIME YOU'RE INCLINED TO WRITE VERY, YOUR EDITOR WILL DELETE IT AND THE WRITING WILL BE JUST AS IT SHOULD BE. Mark Twain