There’s no doubt about it: a professionally edited manuscript makes for a better book. Beyond being able to spot subject-verb disagreement from twenty paces, a skilled editor understands the writing standards for different genres and for various audiences.
From developmental editing to copyediting to proofreading, we combine broad and deep experience, a clear eye for detail, and a keen ear for the author’s voice. We make sure to apply the right tools to the job, including appropriate style manuals and online resources.
We guide the writer in shaping the manuscript, collaborating with them in a revision process that typically produces multiple drafts. In addition to this kind of big-picture editorial work, we may identify gaps in the argument or narrative, look for superfluous content and offer ways to tighten the prose, and suggest structural changes that clarify and strengthen the book’s key themes.
We focus on supporting and improving clarity and consistency throughout the manuscript. Our carefully composed queries explain problems in the prose and suggest appropriate revisions that incorporate the author’s voice. And our manuscript-specific style sheets provide detailed information about editorial decisions; see the page Style Sheets for more information and examples.
This editing stage requires an intensive focus on mechanical accuracy (grammar, punctuation, etc.) as well as sensitivity to the manuscript’s unique needs and qualities. In addition we apply our extensive knowledge of book design to evaluating the accuracy and consistency of typographical and layout elements.
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