The publishing process begins with structural editing, leading to a final draft ready for polishing. Line editing comes next, which is often combined with copyediting, the last editorial step before the document is imported to page layout software or coded with HTML/XML and formatted with all its text and graphics in place. Proofreading is done on the formatted print or Web pages to ensure everything is correct before publishing.
I follow the Professional Editorial Standards of the Editors’ Association of Canada.
If you think you might need an editor, but you’re not sure where to start, I’ll give you some expert advice.
Each document is unique when it comes to structural editing; the process can be very different from one project to another. These are the tasks most commonly associated with structural editing; I’ll work with you to determine the approach that will create the best document for your message and your audience.
In line editing, I scrutinize the composition of each paragraph and sentence.
As I copyedit, I closely read every sentence, word, character, and punctuation mark.
After the document is formatted for print or the Web, I read it thoroughly and check all the details of the layout.
A production editor manages the project as the final draft makes its way toward publication.
I’ll write or revise reports, manuals, and Web text, based on research notes or other materials provided by subject matter experts.