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The Write Angle provides editing services at all stages of the project.
Project management involves planning and overseeing the full range of activities involved in, for example, the development of a book or manual, from selecting and working with the people who will work on the project (authors, editors, reviewers, designers, proofreaders, and so on), to creating timelines for each stage of the project and ensuring that deadlines are met.
Developmental editing involves creating a document from different sources, including pieces written by different authors. The developmental editor must have the ability to identify the necessary content for each part of the manuscript, while always envisioning the finished project and how it will all fit together.
A manuscript evaluation involves reading over a manuscript and providing detailed critique/feedback. For a work of fiction, this might include feedback on the basic story elements of the plot, characters, dialogue, setting, theme, and so on, along with general suggestions for changes. For non-fiction, it would include, for example, readability, logic, completeness, and consistency.
In a substantive edit, or content edit, the editor suggests changes to the manuscript as a whole for its coherence, logical sequence and completeness of information. This might include story elements as well as interpreting the material with the reader’s experience in mind. It might include suggestions for large changes, such as moving or deleting content, or small changes, such as fine tuning a scene.
Stylistic editing, also called line editing, is sometimes viewed as the step between substantive editing and copy editing. It focuses on the language, ensuring the readability of a text, as well as the reading level. The stylistic editor might do some minor reconstruction, but the major focus is on writing style. This might include shortening sentences, eliminating jargon and confusing constructions, removing bias, and creating smooth transitions.
Copy editing zeroes in on the grammar, spelling, usage, and punctuation of a manuscript. This might also include addressing fine points of terminology, making sure the text is clear and concise, checking that the writing adheres to the publisher’s style, and identifying any legal matters.
Proofreading is commonly misunderstood to mean the same as copy editing, but it takes place after the editing stage is complete, once the pages have been typeset. Professional proofreading refers to checking “proofs” for any critical missed errors in the text. It also involves checking the elements of the page, such as typography, spacing, artwork, margins, headings, page numbers, and anything else that impacts the appearance of the page.
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Thanks for the wonderful round of improvements. So much I never noticed! Everything you did was clear. You put in lots of effort, thank you, and I hope we can work on my next novel. Fiction Author
I thank you for an excellent and conscientious working relationship during the editing process. You are a pleasure work with, patient, understanding and reassuring to a novice author of a memoir. Thank you for the umpteenth time, for I doubt publication of this memoir would have happened without you. Memoir Author
Thank you for your hard work and for being so clear and orderly. I sure am glad you were on the job! Your suggestions were excellent. Thank you for all your help and work on this project. Ebook Author