Substantive or Structural Editing
Clarifying and/or reorganizing a manuscript for content and structure.
Need help making sure your report, article, or proposal makes a strong argument or tells a clear story?
Want someone to make sure your content follows the format prescribed by the receiving body?
Need help determining how best to present your material? For example, is some better presented as a table or figure?
Clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, smoothing language and other non-mechanical line-by-line editing.
Need help making sure your paragraphs and sentences are smooth and easy to read?
Need a native English speaker to check your writing before you submit to a publisher?
Need help establishing a consistent voice or tone after writing by committee?
Checking grammar, spelling, punctuation and other mechanics of style; checking for consistency of mechanics and internal consistency of facts; marking head levels and approximate placement of art; notifying designer of any unusual production requirements.
Need someone to make sure your copy is clean and error-free?
Need a fresh set of eyes to check your text before it goes out?
Need someone to make sure your copy follows a consistent style?
Reading proofs (layout) of an edited manuscript.
Need to make sure your content and layout are clean and error-free?
Need a last check before publication, submission, or distribution?
I can also help with plain language editing, rewriting, formatting, table/graph editing, and more.
Source: Editors Canada, Definitions of Editorial Skills.