So you have written a manuscript, copy for your website, children’s book, promotional or professional material, newsletter, or just about any other document you can think of – and someone tells you that you should get it edited. But why? Why does editing matter, and what does an editor do?
Why does editing matter?
Editing can make a huge difference to your work! By getting your materials professionally edited, you will be able to ensure that:
- Your writing is cleaner and more concise, without losing the voice and tone of the piece.
- Your writing is free from typos, inconsistencies, and errors in grammar or sentence structure (which not only frees you from embarrassment, but also makes your work that much more credible!).
- Your writing is clear and appealing to your target audience.
- You are able to convey your message efficiently and effectively.
- There is nothing lacking in or missing from your document.
- Your final product is of the highest quality.
What does an editor do?
A professional editor can look at your writing from the basics of proofreading to entire developmental and structural editing, depending on the type of document and your needs. Here is what an editor is generally doing when they are at work:
- Reviewing for (and fixing!) typos and spelling / grammar mistakes.
- Comparing your work with relevant style guides and adhering to them.
- Checking for consistency in the content of your writing.
- Providing comments and recommendations on your word choice, the style and voice of your writing, and best practices for appealing to and engaging with readers.
- Formatting your work where necessary to ensure it flows as smoothly as possible.
- Critiquing and offering a reader perspective on the document before it goes public.
- Rewriting ambiguous or convoluted sections.
- Researching and fact-checking as needed.
- Identifying gaps or areas where more content is needed.
- Ensuring that all work is publisher-ready!