The better question is: What type of editing do I need?
If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times: every writer needs someone to proof his or her work. When you’re overly familiar with the text, it’s too easy to blindly read right over punctuation errors, typos and other mistakes. I do it all the time. More than likely you’ll find one in this article, even after I’ve proofed it several times - and I’m a professional editor!
Fortunately, editors and proofreaders don’t charge a flat rate. There are several different types of editing, and editing fees vary depending on the level of assistance the manuscript requires. The three types of editing services I offer my clients are explained below.
Editing vs. Proofreading
There is a difference between editing and proofreading. An editor corrects a writer’s manuscript. A proofreader makes the final review of a document or manuscript that is ready for print or publication, checking for errors missed in the editing process. But I’m not fussy about using these two terms interchangeably. I don’t care if you call me an editor or call me a proofreader – just call me!
The following are brief descriptions of technical, substantive and deep editing (different people use different terms for these services). They are not exhaustive definitions, but merely offer a basic idea of what each involves.
No matter how good a writer you are, there’s always room for improvement, either with the technical aspects or with clarity. However, an editor only makes suggestions. It’s your work and you have the final say in what stays and what goes.
Still not sure if you need an editor? Contact me, and we’ll figure it out together. I tell my clients two things: it’s my job to make them look good and if it ain’t broke, I’m not going to fix it.
Anna Edmonds, The Author
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