Proofreading is the last chance for any mistakes to be corrected. These could
Proof-editing works well for businesses and publications with more than one author. Everybody writes differently and has their own way of expressing themselves, but this isn't helpful in a multi-author piece of work where consistency and a standard are required.
This is more than proofreading; the document may
Copy-editing ensures your document is easy for your audience to read. Factual information, such as quotations and names, will be checked to ensure they're correct. Your document will be read for sense so that your information is structured logically and no parts are missing. Any information that is unnecessary or missing will be highlighted. A style sheet will be collated to ensure consistency of spelling, hyphenation and typography. And, if needed, a list of queries for author clarification.
Developmental editing, or critiquing, is looking at the manuscript as a whole and working with big-picture elements. So for fiction, that would be characterisation, plot, dialogue, point of view, setting and the like. Do each of those elements work and fit together to make the story a good one? For non-fiction, it would be looking at the structure of the book: are chapters and paragraphs in the right order. Are there things missing, is their too much detail, not enough detail, is the structure sound.
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, the writing just doesn't work, and that's where a professional can help. If writing isn't your forte and you need help to get your message across, a rewrite is an option. If you have the bare bones of what you want to say, I can take over.
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I work on books (fiction and non-fiction), website copy, reports and promotional materials.
PC; Microsoft Office 2016; Adobe; scanner, printer, copier; broadband.
I work on-screen using Track Changes in Microsoft Word, or using comment boxes in PDF documents. I can also work on hard copy, marking up using BSI symbols or comments.