About Sharp Editing

About Sharp Editing

Correct grammar is an essential component of any good writing and although English may seem like a fairly easy language for people who have been speaking it all their lives, in reality, it is one of the most difficult to learn, not because of the complicated rules of grammar, but more often because of the exceptions to all the complicated rules.

If English is not your first language writing it correctly can be extremely difficult.

Our Rates are between 18- 26 cents per word.

Editing is essential to good writing, is just as important as the writing, and always necessary. One simply must get the words right, which includes giving all the elements of writing their due, from grammar and vocabulary to dialogue and diction

Editors specialise in language, whether that language is used in an annual report, marketing brochure, newsletter, novel, website – or anything in between. In other words, any project that has text in it can benefit from the input of an experienced professional. An editor will make sure that the reading level is right, the text is structured to flow easily and that there is no repetition or redundancy.

Common mistakes which an experienced copy-editor will be able to deal with efficiently include:

  1. – over use of exclamation marks and emphasis, in italic, bold or capitals
  2. – changing between the first and the third person for no good reason
  3. – very long sentences with little punctuation
  4. – very long paragraphs

The most common levels of editing?

Substantive editing skills

In substantive editing, a manuscript is evaluated for its core substance, its story and its style; organizational changes and large revisions may be made or suggested. Every effort is made to retain the author’s intent and voice. Sentences, paragraphs and chapters may be re-organized, or such re-organizations advised, to improve consistency of information and attain text that is smooth, flowing and clear.

Copy editing skills

Copy editing, is more technical than substantive editing. In copy editing the focus is on grammar, spelling, capitalization, punctuation and overall correctness and consistency.

Proofreading skills

Proofreading is not editing. Many people think that editing and proofreading are one and the same thing. Whenever changes have been made to a manuscript, it should be proofread to catch any minor errors which may have been overlooked.

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