types of editing

We offer comprehensive literary editing and proofreading services for your projects. What type of editing do you need?

Developmental Editing

Developmental editing is a collaborative effort between the writer and editor. It is more "big picture" than many other editing services, and can involve changes to content, plot, or character development. Developmental editing usually includes structural changes that are far more substantial and involved than sentence-level editing, and may involve large additions or cuts.


When people refer to copyediting, they're usually referring to changes at the sentence level (also called line editing). Sometimes a copyeditor will suggest small cuts to avoid repetition, but mainly a copyeditor's aim is to polish the material in front of them. A copyeditor will find and correct errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation; they will also check for technical consistency in numerals, capitalization, and hyphenation. A copyeditor will edit for syntax, flow, clarity, and will keep an eye out for continuity in your text. For example, if a character in a novel takes his coat off at the beginning of a scene, and is referred to later in that scene as plucking at the buttons on his coat, a good copyeditor will catch this and bring it to the writer's attention. 


If you need a more comprehensive sweep for fact-based inconsistencies, that would fall under "fact-checking." For example, if your protagonist is sleeping on a beach in June beneath the constellation Orion, it's your fact-checker's job to catch that Orion is a winter constellation and not visible from most latitudes in the month of June. Writers can usually fact-check their own work, but many prefer an extra pair of eyes for this process. If your fact-checking needs are particular to a certain era, this would fall in the realm of historical consulting.


After copyediting, proofreading is the logical next step for your project. A good proofread is the final and essential stage of editing before going to print. Proofreading is the least involved and least invasive type of editing, and sometimes proofreading is all a writer is looking for. At this point of completeness, the proofreader is only looking for typos or formatting errors that may have slipped through the copyediting stage.

If you're still not sure what type of editing is best for you, shoot us an email.

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