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Editorial Services

As your editor, I perform two roles.

I act as a representative of your audience—a "first reader." Then I make your content clear, understandable, and reader-friendly.

I also present you, the writer, in the best possible light by ensuring that your document is polished and error-free.

To accomplish this, I carry out any or all of the four essential editorial tasks. In order of complexity, these tasks are:

Developmental Editing. The most complex. I work with the author, developing the concept or early draft, determining the format, and identifying supplementary material. More

Substantive Editing I analyse sentences and paragraphs, paying attention to continuity, flow, tone, structure, and syntax. Some reorganization may take place. More

Copy Editing. I analyse the text line-by-line, ensuring correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, word usage, and continuity of style. More 

Proofreading. The final edit. As proofreader, I identify incontestable errors. These include spelling, punctuation, grammatical, and word usage errors. More

I also edit Web Content. I will review your existing Web site and edit the content—correcting grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors. More 

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  Developmental Editing

I work with you from the beginning of the project. Together we will expand key concepts and ideas and develop the manuscript or online content. I will also:  

  • advise concerning the overall organization.
  • identify possible additions.These include illustrations, photos, graphs, tables and appendices.
  • revise, rearrange, and rewrite material. 

    While developmental editing can overlap with substantive editing, it usually does not include copy editing and proofreading

  Substantive Editing

  The document exists as a rough draft. I will: 

  • identify an appropriate structure for the document.
  • create an outline.
  • reorganize material as necessary.
  • incorporate language suitable for the audience and the nature of the publication.
  • decide if rewriting, additional writing, or major deletions are necessary.
  • establish a consistent voice and tone that is identifiably the author’s.
  • correct unclear phrases and delete jargon, wordiness, and redundancies.
  • identify factual information to be verified as well as possible legal problems, such as libel or plagiarism.
  • detect internal inconsistencies and correct them or query the author.
  • maintain an amicable relationship with the author while negotiating changes. 
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The content and structure of the document have been finalised. I will:

  • analyse the document line by line, identifying and correcting errors in spelling, punctuation, word usage, consistency of style, and grammar.
  • follow an existing style sheet or develop one.
  • ensure that sources are acknowledged and verify facts that are considered general knowledge.
  • ensure that footnotes/endnotes are correctly placed.
  • suggest improvements for clarity and flow.
  • make sure that there is internal consistency.

I will not:

  • address basic issues of content.
  • rework or restructure the document.

Copyediting and proofreading often overlap.

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The document is finalised. I will:

  • check it against previous copies for discrepancies.
  • verify that all amendments have been made.
  • identify spelling, typographical or punctuation errors.
  • confirm appropriate wordbreaks at ends of lines, and accurate cross-referencing.
  • ensure that the set style has been followed.
  • verify that the format and layout are consistent.

The document is then ready to be printed or put online.

 Web Content Editing 

I will review the content of your existing Web site. This includes:

  • identifying spelling, grammar, punctuation, and word usage errors.
  • assessing text readability—appropriate use of headlines, subheads, font, bold, chunking of text, and white space. 
  • assessing style, tone, and general content effectiveness.
  • evaluating clarity of sentence and paragraph structure. 
  • assessing site usability.
  • verifying that all links work.
  • assessing site’s visual appeal.  

    Call us toll free at 800.864.9152 or email us for a free, no-obligation consultation and quote. We can chat about your projects and we’ll give you a quotation for the work.

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What My Clients are Saying

Dorothy Babbitt, author of Deanie: A Life.
"Philip recently helped me write a book about my life that did very well when published. I thoroughly recommend him to anyone thinking about writing his or her life story. He makes it fun."

Roger Patillo, author The Canadian Rockies: Pioneers, Legends and True Tales. rpatillo@canada.com
"In my opinion Philip is one of the finest editors and proofreaders available. He did an excellent job editing my book, The Canadian Rockies: Pioneers, Legends and True Tales, and I plan to use his services again. I have referred him to several other individuals who wish to write and publish their memoirs in a professional manner.
    "Philip has a supremely critical eye in picking up grammatical mistakes, errors in syntax, and potentially embarrassing statements — all of which detract from the overall ‘message’ and thrust of one's presentation. He is a true professional and an indispensable partner in the adventure of writing and publishing any non-fiction manuscripts."

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