Sometimes an author of a document is too close to the material to be objective. After many rewrites and even more readings, your brain sees what it expects to see. The fresh eyes of an editor can be highly beneficial. An editor improves a document’s content and structure in a way that preserves the author’s style while finding and correcting both major and minor errors.
The editing process involves ensuring a document’s content is well organised, well written and easy to understand. It involves checking written material for grammar, spelling, style and punctuation but the editor focusses more on making sure the document makes sense as a whole. An editor may also do a rewrite, if necessary, to fix any problems with transitions, wordiness and jargon, and to ensure the style of the piece is consistent.
Proofreading, on the other hand, is a more detailed process. The focus is on grammar, spelling, capitalisation, punctuation, hyphenation and overall correctness and consistency.
We can edit and/or proofread any type of copy, including books, articles, reports, sales collateral etc.
A style guide helps ensure consistency in documents. It includes unique spellings (for example, terms unique to your business), product names, a format for numbers etc. If no house style has been set, the editor will adopt or devise a style guide that is internally consistent and in line with accepted practice, in consultation with you.