Editing

Do you need professional editing services?

Whether you’re writing non-fiction or fiction, a book or a blog post, or anything in between, professional editing can take your words from good to great. Many people think of editors as people who only fix grammar and spelling mistakes. But in reality, an editor can do so much more.

An editor can also:

  • restructure your text so it’s ordered in a more logical manner
  • help you get to the crux of your argument sooner
  • be an impartial reader who sanity checks your work before you launch it to the world
  • provide suggestions for how to get the most out of illustrations
  • clarify your text and remove ambiguity
  • simplify language that may be too complicated for your intended audience
  • remove jargon and reword bureaucratic or overly technical language
  • ensure your style and syntax are consistent throughout the piece
  • provide advice on how to make your manuscript more appealing to your target market
  • provide advice on how to make your manuscript more appealing to agents and publishers

Note that a manuscript assessor is not an editor but will provide detailed advice on the commercial viability of pieces like novels.

There are three main levels of editing that are appropriate at various stages of writing. Depending on the kind of piece you’re writing, you might benefit from one or more of the following:

  1. Structural editing – Structural editors provide advice on structure and how you might make your work more appealing to readers, editors and publishers. Structural editing is most useful early in a piece. You might consult a structural editor during the planning phase of your writing or after you’ve completed one or more drafts of your manuscript. You might even benefit from a structural editor’s services at multiple points throughout the writing process.
  2. Copyediting – A copy editor will check your work for grammar and spelling errors as well as to ensure consistency. A copy editor’s services are most useful when you’ve polished your piece to the best of your ability.
  3. Proofreading – A proofreader does a final check of a piece of writing in an effort to catch any errors that were missed by previous edits.

It’s important to understand that editors provide differing services even within each of the above editing types. I offer all three types of editing, however, I don’t provide advice on commercial viability.

Editors also have topic specialties. I edit both fiction and non-fiction. When it comes to fiction, I specialise in fantasy, sci-fi and crime. I edit most non-fiction topics and specialise in editing gardening and scientific content.

To see how I've helped other writers like you, check out my editing portfolio below.

Editing Canberra: make your words the best they can be
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