Not sure what type of editing your manuscript needs? Read through this list of definitions to get a better sense of where your project is at.
Coordinating and editing a project from proposal or rough manuscript to final manuscript, incorporating input from authors, consultants, and reviewers.
Substantive or Structural Editing
Clarifying and reorganizing a manuscript for content and structure. Changes may be suggested to or drafted for the author.
Clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, improving fluency, and other non-mechanical line-by-line editing.
Editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation and other mechanics of style.
Creating a new manuscript or parts of a manuscript on the basis of content and research supplied by an author. May include some research and writing of original material.
Fact Checking/Reference Checking
Checking accuracy of facts and quotes by reference to original sources used by author and from other sources.
Reading proofs of edited manuscripts.
*Term Definitions taken from the Calgary Association of Freelance Editors