What Types of Editing Services are Available?


As a follow up to my previous blog post, What Does an Editor Do, today we will be looking further in-depth on what types of editing services are typically available.

There are typically four editing stages typically available, including structural editing, structural editing, copy editing, and proofreading. At times, certain stages may overlap.

I currently offer three stages, namely stylistic editing, copy editing, and proofreading. Please contact me for structural edits as well; these can be discussed on a case-by-case basis, or I can recommend a colleague with this particular focus.


Structural Editing Stage

  • For example, in the structural editing stage, also called substantive editing, the editor often provides assistance in the document’s structure.


Stylistic Editing Stage

  • Next, in the stylistic editing stage, also known as line editing, the editor focuses on the clarity, meaning, language, and flow of the text.


Copy Editing Stage

  • In the copy editing stage, the editor focuses on improving grammar, spelling, consistency, and readability.


 Proofreading Stage

  • Finally, in the proofreading stage, the editor focuses on reviewing the document in its final stage, following a thorough copy edit. This stage includes both text and design elements. It focuses on flagging typos, minor grammatical issues, punctuation, and capitalization.


Some editors with further training or special skillsets may also offer additional services. For example, in addition to editing, I offer SEO-Content Writing, Plain Language, and Sensitivity Reading.


SEO-Content Writing

  • I mainly focus on SEO-Content Writing projects, with a specific focus on SEO-Optimized Blog Posts, SEO-Optimized Website Copy, Plain Language Writing, and Travel and Feature Writing.


Plain Language

  • Plain Language focuses on intended audience and best practices in providing clear and concise language, vocabulary, and style.


Sensitivity Reading

  • Sensitivity Reading, or Authenticity Reading,can be defined as hiring a reader from a certain identity, lived experience, or background to read your document or manuscript for inadvertent offensive content, stereotypes, non-inclusive language, bias, and misrepresentation of equity-deserving communities.


Questions? Comments? Contact me for more information about your project needs.

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