Types of Editing
Proofreading. The editor checks for typographical and mechanical errors. This is the final stage before a document goes to print (or online).
Copy editing. Copy editing can be light, medium, or heavy depending on how well written the document is. Copy editing includes checking grammar, spelling, punctuation, style, tone, word usage, awkward phrases, consistency, accuracy. Copy editing is a separate stage of editing and can not be done at the same time as proofreading or substantive editing.
Substantive editing. With the author's goals in mind, the editor focuses on content, organization. The editor examines the overall structure and organization, eliminates repetition, rearranges paragraphs, sections, or chapters to deliver coherent writing to the intended audience. Although I also do some basic copy editing along the way, a full copy edit cannot be performed until the author has responded to any queries and suggested edits. A complete copy edit is another distinct phase of editing.
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Per industry standards, a manuscript page is considered 250 words. I offer both project rates and hourly rates. My estimated number of pages edited per hour is within the guidelines set by the Editorial Freelance Association I request a partial payment upfront to my Paypal account. The final payment must be made prior to my sending you the final edited document.