Why is editing important?
Even authors who know exactly what they mean to say don’t always convey it clearly on the page, much
less catch basic mistakes. This is because writers are too close to their material to be objective. That’s where a professional editor is indispensible, but make no mistake: proofreaders are just as important.
When prolific author Guy Kawasaki turned in what he thought was the final copy of one of his independently
published books, he was certain it contained no mistakes. To his surprise, the proofreader found 1,400 errors! Had the book gone to press with these errors, Kawasaki’s credibility would have been shot.
Above all, don’t make the mistake of thinking your aunt, your colleague’s spouse, or your college roommate who majored in English can effectively edit your book. That degree might hint at aptitude, but it doesn’t guarantee thoroughness or quality.
You need a working professional to clarify muddy waters when making tricky editorial decisions. Contact us today for a complementary review of your manuscript.
This type of editing is for manuscripts in need of restructuring, redevelopment, or content addition or deletion. A content editor will make suggestions on reorganization of information, content development
and new material, rewriting, artwork placement, front and back matter, and overall clarity of writing.
This type of edit is for manuscripts that are structurally sound but need evaluation regarding grammar, usage, flow, clarity of writing, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. A copy edit may also include editing of chapter heads and front and back matter, including the index.
Proofreading involves a final reading of the text to make sure all edits were made and no new errors were introduced into the manuscript during the editing stages. Oftentimes the proofreader will look
for errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization, as well as conformity to the Chicago Manual of Style.