Proofreading & Editing

Meticulous Edits Make All the Difference

The end result all comes down to proofreading/editing. Whether you’re searching for a basic proofread to catch those pesky punctuation and grammar errors or a more extensive edit to strengthen the overall effect of your text, Creative Copy Indy’s proofreading/editing services provide the precisely accurate, stylistic copy you need.

Having mastered the rules of grammar, punctuation and mechanics, we know how to strengthen sentence structure and syntax to create a concise and effective piece of text. We will vitalize your copy so that it says exactly what you want to say in the best possible way to say it.

What to Expect from a Copy Editor

If you’re a little uneasy about your skills as a writer, rest at ease. A professional copy editor will net you a strong, easy to read, accurate text. She’ll catch the errors, be they in grammar, mechanics, structure, omission or inconsistency. Gone will be any mistakes that weaken your content. More than anything, a good copy editor does the proofreading/editing that will make your message more effective.

The Specifics

A good copy editor will do a meticulous proofreading/editing job to ensure your content is clean and precise, with none of the errors that distract from meaning. She will also strengthen your writing all-inclusively:

  • Content: Are there appropriate supporting details to enhance clarity? Are there redundancies? Is the content presented with a clean, clear sentence structure that enhances meaning?
  • Structure: Is there a logical order to the presentation of ideas? Are headings and subheadings used effectively? Do sentence structure and use of transitional words and phrases smooth the flow and complement meaning? Is paragraphing used effectively to aid understanding?
  • Language Use: Is the reading level appropriate for the intended audience? Do word choice, style and tone reinforce the content’s purpose by adding authority?
  • Consistency: Are the style, tone and word choices uniform throughout the text? Are there contradictions in information and/or presentation?

A good copywriter will check your content against the 7 C’s: Is the content complete, correct, concise, coherent, consistent, considerate and convincing?

Copy Edit vs. Line Edit: Which Do You Need?

Perhaps you weren’t aware there’s a difference. That’s okay. Both are attentive to your content and involve suggested fixes. However, they can differ greatly in the extent of what those fixes might be.

Line Edit:

A line edit delves into the creative content of a project. It pays attention to word choice and writing style at the sentence level. It does not focus so much on grammatical errors as it does on whether or not your content is clear and easy to read and conveys the meaning meant to be conveyed.

Line editors typically call attention to the following:

  • Awkward, overused or inaccurate word choice
  • Errors in sentence structure (fragments and/or run-ons)
  • Redundancies
  • Wordiness that should be tightened
  • Errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar

Copy Edit:

A copy edit addresses weaknesses in a text on a more technical level. It is a more sophisticated and precise edit.

Copyeditors look for trouble spots of the following nature:

  • Errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax
  • Consistency in spelling and punctuation, capitalization, numerals and font choice
  • Inaccuracies in fact
  • Contradictions in presentation of fact

Everyone can and does make mistakes in writing. The key is to catch them during the proofreading/editing phase. Being on the lookout for common errors helps:

  1. Sentence fragments- Sometimes hard to find.
  2. Run-on sentences- We worry about making errors we’re not sure how to avoid them.
  3. Comma splices- It’s true, we worry about making errors.
  4. Misplaced or dangling modifiers- Hoping to have error- free content, our writing should be accurate.
  5. Pronoun agreement- Everyone wants their writing to be the best it can be.
  6. Overuse of commas-Sometimes, novice writers, overuse commas, because they’re uncertain of the rules.
  7. Underuse of commas- Novice writers however diligent sometimes underuse commas.
  8. Faulty parallelism- It’s important to keep wording parallel to strengthen reader comprehension and the style becomes enjoyable to read.
  9. Apostrophe errors- It seems that apostrophe’s cause writer’s trouble.
  10. Easily confused words- The affect of good writing is a clear, concise message.

My Grammar Goddess Within

Because I spent so much of my life working with students on their writing, I know a thing or two about grammar. I know more than just a bit about the errors that cause trouble:

Right Word – Wrong Spelling

We all run into those troublesome homophones; we know what the word sounds like, but we’re just not sure how to spell it.

Hear, I mean, here are a few examples that can and will be caught during the proofreading/editing phase: “To” is mainly a preposition used to connect: I gave it to her- or as a part of the infinitive of a verb: I want to go. “Too” is an adverb meaning also: I want to go too. Or it can mean much: I was too excited.

“There” is an adverb indicating place: Put it there. Or there are three reasons (Three reasons are there.) “Their” is a possessive pronoun: It was their turn; while “they’re” is the contraction for they are: They’re late again.

“Sight” refers to vision: She lost her sight, while “cite” means to quote or call forward as proof: We had to cite our evidence. Finally, “site” refers to a place: We found the best picnic site or You really should check out the website

Right Spelling – Wrong Word

Life is confusing. Add to that the misuse of words and we teeter on collapse from miscommunication. We need to elicit (draw forth) true meaning. We need to avoid misunderstandings caused by illicit (not allowed by rule) word use. So let me help to set (not sit) you straight (not strait).

Accept means to agree or receive: I accept your defense. Except means not including: Everyone except Jane is going.

Affect is a verb meaning to influence: Her words affected me. Effect is a noun meaning the result: Her words had a negative effect. Unfortunately effect can also be a verb meaning to bring about: The amateur edit effected an inaccurate shift in the intended perspective.

All together means all in one place: We were all together. Altogether means completely: I am altogether overwhelmed by these confusing word pairs.

Disinterested means impartial: We need a disinterested editor for our opinion piece. Uninterested means not interested: That editor seemed uninterested in our writing needs.

Loath means reluctant: I was loath to answer. Loathe means to hate: I loathe that idea.

So right (not rite) there you go. Use your words with care. You don’t want to imply (suggest) a meaning you don’t intend. You don’t want anyone to infer (conclude) something other than what you meant.

Let Creative Copy Indy Help

Let me know what your proofreading/editing issues might be. I can take what you’ve written and make it spectacular: no errors, no omissions, no “oops, I didn’t catch that mistake.”