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I thought I’d start by posting about why editing is so important. Some readers might feel the reasons are obvious, but you’d be surprised at the number of people who, when I tell them what I do, say ‘So you fix typos?’ It’s so much more than that!
Here’s a list of just some of the things editors can do:
- fix spelling, punctuation and grammar (of course!)
- find the right structure for a document. Sometimes, cutting some sections out or moving them elsewhere creates a better flow and makes more sense for the reader
- ensure consistency throughout a document
- check referencing or facts
- choose the right words
- tailor documents to the audience.
When it comes to fiction, there’s a lot more that editors do, such as making sure a plot is strong and that it works, strengthening dialogue, etc.
In a nutshell, the goal of an editor is to make someone’s work better, whether it’s a manuscript, website content or a business document.