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Who needs an editor

Just about anyone: non-profit organizations, academics, consultants, scientists, writers and business people. Hire an editor to check spelling and grammar, to make your style consistent and meaning clear, to ensure your tone fits your audience, to trim your magnum opus without losing your voice.

Why hire an editor

bullet editors make you look professional and credible by cleaning up typos and grammatical errors that could otherwise tarnish your image

bullet editors save time by finding the right words for your messages, helping you produce clear, effective publications

bullet editors save money by getting the document right the first time, sidestepping the need to reprint publications when typos and grammatical errors are found

What an editor does

Proofreading - Reading proofs of edited manuscript. Galley proofing may include author's alterations; flagging locations of art and page references; verifying computer codes. Page proofing may include checking adherence to mock-up (rough paste-up), accuracy of running heads, and changes made to type in mock-up, checking page breaks and location of art, and inserting page numbers to table of contents and cross-references if necessary. May also include checking press proofs.

Copy Editing - Editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation and other mechanics of style; checking for consistency of mechanics and internal consistency of facts; marking head levels and approximate placement of art; notifying designer of any unusual production requirements. May include Canadianizing; metrication; providing or changing system of citations; writing or editing captions and/or credit lines; writing running heads; listing permissions needed; providing or editing prelims, back matter and cover copy. May also include negotiating changes with author.

Stylistic Editing - Clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, smoothing language and other non-mechanical line-by-line editing. May include creating or recasting tables and/or figures; negotiating changes with author.

Rewriting - Creating a new manuscript or parts of a manuscript on the basis of content and research supplied by an author. May include some research and writing of original material.

adapted from Editors’ Association of Canada