In the early stages of manuscript development, the editor establishes a collaborative relationship with the author to help shape a manuscript from a rough draft, an outline, or even sketchy notes. The author focuses on content, the editor on form. As the author writes and rewrites, the editor provides feedback, guidance, and encouragement.
Completed manuscripts may require substantive editing to eliminate the document’s weaknesses and enhance its strengths. The editor begins by assessing the manuscript as a whole for style, tone, structure, logic, and accuracy. The editor may reorganize the manuscript, rewrite portions of text, eliminate wordiness, write transitions and summaries, and work with the author to resolve inconsistencies or clarify confusing passages.
Revision One will review and copyedit your manuscript to the degree that you specify.
- Light editing: Correct errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and usage. Make style consistent.
- Medium editing: Ensure clarity, trim redundancy, and tighten wording. Eliminate sexism, stereotyping, and confusing statements. (Medium editing also includes those items addressed by light editing.)
- Heavy editing: Ensure coherence, logic, and organization. Revise unclear passages. Suggest transitions and summaries. (Heavy editing also includes those items addressed by light and medium editing.)
Documents are transmitted electronically via e-mail or FTP. Typically, revisions are made using Track Changes in Word or using annotated PDF files.
Revision One also offers proofreading services to catch typographical errors, query inconsistencies, check numerical sequences and alphabetical order, check formats, and check end-of-line syllabication. A hard copy of your printed document is required for proofreading.