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Levels of Editing

What Level of Editing is Right for Me?

Traditionally, books go through at least four levels of editing: a developmental edit, a line edit, a copy edit, and a proofread.

A developmental edit looks at the big picture. Instead of fixing grammar errors, we’ll be providing pointed advice on how to improve the project as a whole. A developmental edit is where you should start if you are open to making big changes to your book, such as revising the plot, removing characters, adding scenes, or cutting out filler.

Line editing is the most in-depth service we offer. In addition to fixing grammar errors, we’ll aim to improve the style and flow. This often means rearranging sentences to improve readability, and if you overuse words or phrases, we’ll make an effort to clean that up. A line edit is where most authors should start, especially those who already have their plot nailed down and aren’t open to big-picture suggestions.

A copy edit takes a sentence-level look at the project. The goal here is to fix any errors in grammar and consistency while leaving your style alone. If you are happy with your writing style and only want to make sure your grammar and spelling are appropriate, this is the level of editing for you.

A proofread is a final pass through the document to catch any issues that may have slipped through the cracks. At TypeRight, we only proofread projects that have already had a line or a copy edit.

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