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Structural or developmental editing – what is it?

Once a manuscript has been written and self-edited by the writer to the stage where they feel they can't improve it any more themselves, it needs to be edited by a professional editor. Structura...

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‘Rough’ copy editing explained

Copy editing is the final stage of editing prior to the graphic design stage. Copy editing comprises: the ‘rough' copy edit (sometimes referred to as the first pass of the copy edit, or t...

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Is proofreading ability innate or learned?

To proofread at the high level needed for publications, the proofreader: must have been trained as an editor or proofreader (theoretically and/or on-the-job); i.e. must have learned an excelle...

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Collaborative poetry editing

Poems are personal and subjective. The best way to edit someone else's poem, or collection of poems, is to edit it (a) not making actual corrections to the poem but, rather, suggest improvements or...

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Debriefing and confidentiality, when writing or editing sensitive or explicit material

Maintaining confidentiality If you're working in a position where you've got access to your clients' private information (such as their life stories or researched information), it's essential to m...

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Why don’t you use your holiday break to start writing that book?

The holiday season is upon us: it's time to take a well-deserved break from work and your usual responsibilities. But what will you do this holiday break? Whether you're staying at home or going...

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Writing family histories: what genre to use?

The genre you use when embarking on writing a family history will depend in part on your writing skill, style or preference, and in part on the amount of factual information you have access to. N...

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The steps of producing a self-published hardcopy book

The steps of producing a self-published hardcopy book are: writing and self-editing (including, possibly, beta reading and/or MS appraisal) editing graphic design proofreading, then p...

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Editing: how to make your book more accessible to people with reading difficulties

This article is about editing and producing publications in a way that makes them more accessible to people who have reading difficulties caused by dyslexia, limited literacy, or other conditions o...

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Comparing editors’ quotes when managing a project

Depending on the size of your project, and whether you are working for yourself or an employer, you may choose to: obtain a quote from only one editor, or request a quote from two or three...

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