Editing: The Professional Look

Editing is a necessary step in the process to publishing if you want to ensure that your work is of professional quality. Readers respond to your language and if it is accurate, consistent, spelled correctly, and grammatically correct, they are able to focus on what you are saying without the distractions that errors can cause. Authors are so close to their work they easily can forget that their reader doesn’t know all the author knows often resulting in missed information and subsequent misunderstandings by the reader. Do your readers a favour and increase your appeal as a writer by having your work edited before it is published. 

Substantive or Developmental Editing

This is an overall and in-depth look at your book from the perspectives of characters, plot, setting, and readability. The editor helps structure the story so that it makes sense, logically, from start to finish and the book’s arc is developed successfully.

 Line Editing

This kind of editing checks for consistency in style and tone throughout the work. The language should always contribute to developing the mood of the story, using descriptions that increase the impact of what is happening or how a character is evolving. A line editor can let you know if the language used fits the character using it and how dialogue, particularly, can contribute to building character and driving the plot. This is an important step in getting your manuscript ready for publication.


Copyediting is reviewing the manuscript for typos, correct spelling, grammar, and proper use of language. Readers can be alienated by the use of insensitive terms and a good copyeditor will alert you to gratuitous inappropriate language that is when it is not part of a characterization. They will make sure distinguishing character phrases or idioms are used consistently. Copyediting is the last step before the work goes to the publisher to be set.


Proofreading is a last look at the material before it goes to print. Editors agree that a second set of eyes catch what an author is too close to see. Spell Check recognizes words, but not that they are the right ones, and Auto-Correct makes gaffs regularly. Linda gives that needed fresh read that brings word accidents to light. With proven attention to detail and language expertise she makes sure your final copy is accurate and presentable.

An experienced editor, Linda works with you through the many aspects of this exciting process. You will end up with a high-quality manuscript ready to go to the publisher. She provides a full range of editing services, including each of the above kinds of editing.

Finishing Touches
You’ve got your article or story written but it needs some polish. Meeting your word count, sounding the way you want or giving your piece some pizazz, I’ll adjust the text and keep the integrity of your thoughts and voice. Your target audience gets a poignant message that makes you unforgettable.

Content and Flow
Clear writing makes sure you are understood. Don’t risk miscommunication. Let me examine your work for logical consistency and ensure your piece flows smoothly. Express your thoughts in the clearest and most engaging form. 

Different Kinds of Editing

There are four kinds of editing and the condition of your manuscript determines which one you need: substantive or developmental editing – also sometimes called structural or content editing; line editing; copyediting; and proofreading.