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- Developmental – This type of editing is the most in-depth, and looks at the overall structure of the work to make sure all the pieces are in place. Your work is like a puzzle – all the pieces need to fit together in just the right places to make it one cohesive finished product. The plot, characters, setting, tone, point of view, and pace of the work are all pieces in the puzzle that need to be organized and structured in a way that ensures the reader can see the whole work as a complete product.
- Line & Copy – Line and copy editing are closely related and are necessary functions of the writing process. Line editing looks at each line of your work for awkward phrasing, voice, tense, and other grammatical issues. This helps ensure the text flows and the writing is crisp. Copy editing cleans up spelling, grammar, punctuation, and consistency issues throughout your work.
Proofreading is similar to copy editing, but it occurs at the last stage of the project. While most errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar will be caught during the copy editing stage, some errors sneak past even the keenest eye. In addition, final formatting can inadvertently introduce some errors. This is why everything needs to be proofread before it can truly be finished. It’s the one last look before your work goes out the door.