“[There are] four basic premises of writing:
clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity.William Zinsser, On Writing Well
Structural (substantive) editing:
The focus here is on the big picture–the shape and scope of your writing, your purpose, your target reader. If you are writing fiction, I can assist you with, for example, point of view, character, theme and plot/sequence. If your focus is non-fiction, we can work together to create a coherent and cohesive structure and target a specific and appropriate audience.
A style edit will ensure that your voice is strong, that your language has power and resonance and that the writing is free of jargon and cliché.
A copy edit yields writing that is precise and concise and observes the appropriate conventions of standard English.
In the final stage of the writing process, we will make sure the piece is publication ready. The focus is on the elimination of errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation that can arise in the revision process.