Services

Get the editing services you need

Word doc or PDF? Print or digital? Did you know that different file formats, and different types of publications, have unique editing requirements? I use editorial best practices and up-to-date tools to ensure that your file gets the edit it deserves.

Types of editing services

I provide stylistic editing, copy editing, and proofreading services, as outlined by the Editors’ Association of Canada. Additionally, I offer desktop publishing services for a wide variety of materials.

Please note that the accompanying table is a general guideline. I am happy to assess your working file and can discuss editorial needs and recommendations on a case-by-case basis before work begins.

Stylistic editing

Editing to clarify meaning, ensure coherence and flow, and refine the language. It includes:

  • eliminating jargon, clich├ęs, and euphemisms
  • establishing or maintaining the language level appropriate for the intended audience, medium, and purpose
  • adjusting the length and structure of sentences and paragraphs
  • establishing or maintaining tone, mood, style, and authorial voice or level of formality

Copy editing

Editing to ensure correctness, accuracy, consistency, and completeness. It includes:

  • editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage
  • checking for consistency and continuity of mechanics and facts, including anachronisms, character names, and relationships
  • editing tables, figures, and lists
  • notifying designers of any unusual production requirements
  • developing a style sheet or following one that is provided
  • correcting or querying general information that should be checked for accuracy

Proofreading

Examining material after layout or in its final format to correct errors in textual and visual elements. It includes:

  • checking typeset proofs against original manuscript to ensure copy capture
  • checking accuracy of page elements, including running heads and folios, chapter/section numbers, and headings
  • checking page breaks and location of art
  • checking page numbers in table of contents and cross-references
  • flagging grievous errors in spelling or grammar
  • checking page corrections against mark-up, if applicable

Desktop publishing

  • design and file formatting for print or electronic distribution, including PDF, EPUB, e-newsletters, websites, and blogs