I offer different levels of editing services for web pages, newsletters, magazines, journals, supplements, conference abstracts and more.
As an active member of Editors Canada, I follow the national professional association’s standardize definitions for the services I offer. They are paraphrased below.
Editing to clarify the meaning, ensure coherence and flow, and refine the language. It includes:
- eliminating jargon, clichés, and euphemisms
- maintaining the language level appropriate for the intended audience, medium, and purpose
- adjusting the length and structure of sentences and paragraphs
- maintaining tone, mood, style, and authorial voice or level of formality
Editing to ensure correctness, accuracy, consistency, and completeness. It includes:
- editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage
- checking for consistency and continuity of mechanics and facts
- editing tables, figures, and lists
- notifying designers of any unusual production requirements
- developing a style sheet or following one that is provided
- correcting or querying general information that should be checked for accuracy
Note that “copy editing” is often loosely used to include stylistic editing, structural editing, fact-checking, or proofreading. Editors Canada uses it only as defined above.
Examining material after layout or in its final format to correct errors in textual and visual elements. The material may be read in isolation or against a previous version. Note that proofreading is checking a work after editing; it is not a substitute for editing. It includes checking for:
- adherence to design
- minor mechanical errors (such as spelling mistakes or deviations from style sheet)
- consistency and accuracy of elements in the material (such as cross-references, running heads, captions, web page heading tags, hyperlinks, and metadata)
It may also include:
- copy fitting
- flagging or checking locations of art
- inserting page numbers or checking them against content and page references
Editing and updating the content of web pages, including text, images, and links. It includes:
- checking links to ensure they point to the right places
- checking that link text accurately reflects where the link goes
- reorganizing or revising print copy for the web
- editing or writing web copy according to web-writing best practices
- proofreading final websites and checking for consistency on all site elements
- identifying potential copyright issues
- advising on accessibility issues
Coordinating and supervising design, formatting, and proofreading stages, and ensuring integration of design and content. It may include:
- inputting changes
- locating, negotiating with, and supervising designers, artists, and printers
- creating production schedules
I have worked with the following style guides:
- The Canadian Press Stylebook
- Editing Canadian English
- The Canadian Style
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
- AMA [American Medical Association] Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors
- Scientific Style and Format: The CSE [Conference of Science Editors] Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers.
If you don’t work with these style guides, I will work with the style guide of your choice. I can also create a custom style guide to suit your needs and the needs of your target audiences.
Let’s talk about how my unique combination of skills can help you achieve your goals. A sample of the text may be requested to provide a quote.