Sample Edit: Simple Line Edit vs Heavy Line Edit

In addition to developmental editing and many other services, I currently offer two levels of line editing (also called copyediting or CE).

Copy (line) editing, light includes correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and word usage; checking for or imposing a consistent style and format.

heavyedit

Copy (line) editing, heavy includes correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and word usage; minor fact-checking; checking for or imposing a consistent style and format; suggestions about paragraph length, breaking or joining sections; preparing a style sheet if required; querying author as necessary during the process.

With the author’s permission (personal details have been deleted and various character/product names changed) I’ve posted PDFs of these samples below:

SIMPLE LINE EDIT Sample

HEAVY LINE EDIT Sample

Of course, every piece of writing is different, and every bit of editing is tailored to your needs. These samples should give you a better idea of the difference between simple and heavy copy edits, though. If you have any questions, please feel free to post them below, or contact me here.

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