Editing

Our editors review your content with fresh eyes, ensure your message is written in a more active version of your own voice and guarantee your document reaches your audience as Error Proof as possible.

We will allocate you an editor trained in identifying and resolving the grammatical, spelling, punctuation, formatting and logic errors difficult to see in your writing. Below you will find a description of the stages good writing undergoes. Depending on your skills and experience and how long you’ve spent writing and editing the piece, you may need help with only the latter stages.

We are happy to provide a free, no obligation quote for projects of any size and purpose. We will need to see the document, or, for pieces above five thousand words, a twenty percent sample. Your editor will advise you immediately if the body of the work is of a lower standard than the sample provided.

Structural Editing
Structural editing involves moving the text around to ensure your message is said in a logical and readable way. Our editors can structural edit between seven hundred and fifty and one thousand five hundred words per hour, depending on the amount of changes required.

When structural editing publications websites and other marketing material, we are mainly concerned with headings, sub-headings, column widths, contents pages, picture placement and page breaks. For anything including graphics, especially magazines and larger brochures, we require a six to ten-page sample. As a general guide, a thirty-two-page magazine with five hundred words, multiple pictures and captions per page will take around ten hours to structural edit.

For non-fiction pieces, your editor will ensure there is enough detail, it addresses all selection criteria and the voice is appropriate for the audience.

Specific to fiction, structural editing involves working on scenes, chapters, plot points, character relationships, back-story, setup, main conflict, climax, resolution, plot holes, chapter breaks, and mix of setting, dialogue and narrative.

Copyediting
Copyediting involves an editor reading your work line by line, word by word, a character at a time and correcting spelling, punctuation, grammatical and formatting errors. Errors in voice, paragraphing, sentence structure, line spacing, tense, point of view, spelling, grammar, capitalization and word choice are also resolved.

Specific to longer works, we develop a style sheet and look at the wording in captions, grabbers, headings, sub-headings, references, indexes, and much more.

Your editor will be able to copyedit between one thousand and two thousand words per hour, depending on the amount of errors encountered.