Copy Editing Tips that Work

(from CrushedTees.com)

(from CrushedTees.com)

Whether you are writing a blog post, a webinar script, or a landing page, the power of your content depends on the strength of your authorial voice as well as the persuasiveness of your words. In order to create content, of any kind, that serves its purpose well by informing or persuading your audience, it’s critical to edit your text to make it clear and correct. Here are 15 Copy Editing Tips in three distinct stages  – including self-evaluation and a lot of cut -and-paste – for you to consider. Read more.

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Editing: It’s Not Just for Spelling, You Know

Editing and publicationYes, spelling, grammar, and punctuation are some of the things that editors address, but that’s just the beginning. In fact, there are four main types of editing: developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. Sometimes you might just need a fresh pair of eyes to catch those copy mistakes that your weary and long-worked eyes cannot, while other times you require more careful line edits, global revisions, or developmental guidance. Read more…

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What Editors Are NOT

CopyeditingEditors should not rewrite others’ text to make it like their own. Instead, they should strive to improve the text to make it as good as it can be — but it must still be the writers’ piece. James Thurber, in The New York Times Book Review from December 1988, notes:

Editing should be…a counseling rather than a collaborating task. The tendency of the writer-editor to collaborate is natural, but he should say to himself, ‘How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style?’ and avoid ‘How can I show him how I would write it, if it were my piece?’

Mr. Thurber is right on point. Most editors are good writers themselves, and so many find it difficult to resist the urge to “edit” another’s text to the point of making it just like their own writing. However, the best editor will work to retain their client’s own voice and style, while at the same time improving the text to help the writer shine.

Are you near completing your dissertation, thesis, article, or book? Are you too close to the work after all the time you’ve put in, and in need of another pair of experienced eyes? Then you should contact me to find out how my editing services will ensure your work is 100% error-free, and improve the flow and clarity to make it even better!