'A good editor understands what you’re talking and writing about and doesn’t meddle too much.’ – Irwin Shaw
A copy-editor corrects grammatical-, punctuation-, and spelling errors on a document. A ‘document’ may literally mean any written genre; books, theses, letters, web content copy, CVs, to name but a few. The copy-editor verifies facts; names, places, organizations, dates, and statistics. As such, we undertake research.
We may write headings and subheadings depending on the document and we ensure consistency throughout.
What I will do for your document:
Assure consistency in:
- Font size and type (topography)
I will work closely with you, the writer, so that we may understand each other, and to determine exactly what your requirements are. The Editing Branch will point out critical problems together with preparing an editing commentary.
'Understand what an editor can do for you; if you outsource some of the editing, you can do more writing. Get the support you need.' – Jo VanEvery
Academic copy-editing plays an important part in your future success. I don’t insult you by analysing your thesis or academic article from a scholarly perspective. The Language Tree assumes the responsibility for the grammatical aspect of your text; clarity, spelling (including hyphenation and capitalization), grammar, punctuation, and formatting headings. I will reword sentences, if necessary, to ensure clarity, conciseness and consistency. And I understand the pressure you experience.
Before I work on your document: I will assess your needs and your academic article or thesis before we reach an agreement. I consider your best interests my priority and will treat your writing with care. Each client is unique and prior to commencement, you will know exactly which services I will offer you.
Copy-editing academic articles to be published in journals is another passion. Each journal has its own rules regarding the presentation of an article. I find it so interesting to format your academic article exactly to their requirements. In general, journals will only accept an edited document. Remember that a ‘fresh eye’ will notice things you may have missed.
Let’s look at a few words you can use to shorten and clarify your document:
during the month of August: in August
during the time that: while
has an ability to: can
it may well be that: maybe
on a weekly basis: weekly